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PRESS RELEASE

For More Information, Contact:

Lindsi Mailler, Municipal Clerk
City of Easthampton
50 Payson Avenue
Easthampton, MA 01027
(413) 529-1400 x143
lmailler@easthamptonma.gov

Construction to begin on the 1 Ferry Street mill complex:

Easthampton, Massachusetts, August 6, 2019 – This week construction teams will be mobilizing activities on and around the mill buildings at 1 Ferry Street.

“We are thrilled to have the private development work at 1 Ferry Street starting. The developer and his team have acquired the property, secured the financing to start phase 1, and are now ready to begin a wide range of site work”, said Mayor Nicole LaChapelle.

The initial steps include demolition of “Building 3” which has long been slated for demolition. The cupola is to be preserved for future showcasing on site. “Building 1” (which is the closest to Ferry Street) will be renovated. For the next several weeks most of the construction will be on the interior of the property with the main impact being entering and exiting construction vehicles.

“This is really the very first phase of a multi-year project to redevelop the mill complex. The developer and his team will begin with some of the private renovation work now - and the public infrastructure road work for a round-about at Pleasant and Ferry Street and multi-use path on Ferry Street will be going out to bid soon, with some work potentially starting this fall and/or early spring”, said Jeff Bagg City Planner.

Standard road construction and “work ahead” signs will be posted by DPW on the key routes through the area. Over the next several weeks construction teams will continue to meet with city officials to implement a re-route of pedestrians along Ferry Street. Some partial lane closures are expected adjacent to Building 1 which will likely slow traffic.

“There will be a lot of activity in the area as the construction teams begin to set up and prepare for work - known as mobilization. Our officers will be coordinating with DPW to post signs alerting drivers to the construction areas. We encourage motorists traveling through the construction zone to operate safely and follow the speed limit to ensure the safety of pedestrians, workers and other drivers”, said Sergeant Dennis Scribner.

“Over the next few weeks a plan will be put in place to re-route pedestrians off the sidewalk over to the opposite side of Ferry Street. Also, construction crews will install jersey barriers along building 1 for several months while that side of the building is renovated. This will result in a partial lane closure and a lane shift in that area. People will be encouraged to seek alternate routes”, said Diane Rossini Staff Engineer.

Beginning this week and through approximately 8/23 work will begin with construction activities onsite and around the property. In mid/late August changes to traffic patterns may begin. The City will use its new Facebook page, website, and local media to help keep residents and commuters informed about known significant changes to traffic patterns.

As always, please drive carefully through construction areas!

1 Ferry Prelim Construction map

 

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