We take aspirational ideas and transform them into great places.
Place-making is our sweet spot. It’s the alchemy of development — the uniting of work, leisure, and lifestyle to create new neighborhoods and fresh destinations. It’s pedestrian-driven, environmentally friendly, and the essence of thoughtful community planning.
Examples of how we practice place-making:
What it was: 14 acres in the heart of downtown Springfield, once home to many of the city’s most iconic historical buildings. A 2011 tornado leveled four city blocks, leaving gutted structures, destroyed businesses, and debris.
What it is today: A $1.1 billion mixed-use casino operated by MGM Resorts International. This unique development pays homage to the city’s history, with the preservation and restoration of beloved historic properties. The one million square-foot project created 3,000 new jobs and includes:
- 125,000 square-foot Casino
- Spa and Health Club
- 252 4-star Hotel Rooms
- 3,400 space Parking-garage
- 150,000 square feet of Office Space
- 30,000 square feet of Shops
- 72,000 square feet of Restaurant offerings
- An outdoor plaza featuring free concerts
- Commissioned and hand-selected public art
Mountain Farms Mall
What it was: A largely vacant mall known for decades as the “The Dead Mall.” The dark 1970s-era property failed due to competition from contemporary nearby developments.
What it became: An 350,000 square-foot open-air shopping experience anchored by Whole Foods, Barnes & Noble, L.L. Bean, and Walmart. Today, the Mountain Farms Mall is the primary retail destination for students and faculty in the well-known five-college region of Western Massachusetts.
What it was: A vacant city block in a struggling historic neighborhood. The property was littered with waste and plagued with collapsing structures. The site had become a magnet for local drug users.
What it became: The land area was successfully redeveloped to serve the resident urban community. It is now anchored by a LEED platinum certified day-care center, medical offices, apartments, and a thriving new CVS pharmacy.