Westfield Redevelopment Authority Issues Request for Interest for Elm Street Urban Redevelopment Project

On Wednesday, July 24th, the Westfield Redevelopment Authority (WRA) advertised a Request for Interest (RFI) in the Massachusetts Central Register seeking proposals from private developers for redevelopment of a 1.6 acre downtown parcel, which has been largely vacant since a 1986 structure fire forced the demolition of a former J.J. Newberry’s Department store on Elm Street.

The WRA is seeking proposals from developers with “a demonstrated expertise and track record in the development of multi-use buildings and complex real estate development projects in an urban environment.”

The site has an address of 56-88 Elm Street and contains near 250 feet of frontage on Elm Street and approximately 230 feet of frontage on Church Street.  Total land area on site is approximately 1.6 acres. Directly adjacent is the PVTA Olver Transit Pavilion, completed in 2017.

The City will be accepting proposals for developers through the summer and into the fall, with a deadline for submission of October 30, 2019. For detailed proposal packets, interested parties are directed to contact the City’s Purchasing Department for access at (413) 572-6254.

Downtown Studies & Plans

Elm Street Urban Renewal Plan
Rethinking Downtown Comprehensive Plan
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