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West Springfield's mayor looking to allow businesses in industrial buildings

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WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

One local mayor is looking to bring in more business to his city, including breweries and wineries.

West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt is pushing to tweak the city's zoning regulations to bring in more businesses.

The planning board and committee is supporting his plan to review those regulations.

"These old industrial buildings that want to be reused," Reichelt said.

Bringing business to West Springfield - that is the goal in Reichelt's widely supported proposal to review zoning regulations.

"So these mills we have, we have mills on Front Street, we have big empty industrial buildings.  We still have them around and there's these big open places that if you have imagination that can be reused really well," Reichelt noted.

Some ideas of what can go in those buildings include places like breweries and escape rooms.

There's just one problem.

"So the building we want to put them in, they're not allowed in," Reichelt explained.

Places like breweries have always been allowed in West Springfield, but only in zoned business areas.  

Now, Reichelt wants to make industrial sites useable too.

"With these mills and large industrial buildings, you can put a lot of stuff in there, so people will come for one thing and do a couple other things.  Each business will compliment each other and drive more business, more foot traffic," Reichelt said.

Reichelt told Western Mass News that businesses will still need to go before the planning board with a  proposal to get the approval they need to move in. 

These new regulations now make it possible for businesses to look at industrial sites.

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