Chicopee West Side Brownfields

Area-wide Planning Study

Chicopee, MA

The City of Chicopee was faced with a historic aggregation of brownfield properties in the west side of the downtown coupled with a weak real estate market that had left mill buildings and other properties vacant and underutilized. Partially utilizing a grant from the U.S. EPA Brownfields Area-wide Planning Pilot Project, Harriman developed a plan to reposition and revitalize the area, leveraging the opportunities inherent in reusing the brownfield sites to act as a catalyst for broader change. The planning effort included extensive public interaction with participation from property and business owners geared toward crafting project ideas that will recreate a vital neighborhood and support economic development in terms of job growth and tax base.