December 13, 2021
The City of Greenfield is pleased to announce that funding equivalent to $25,000 in consulting services has been awarded to advance efforts to explore other redevelopment options for the First National Bank Building (FNB). The City is receiving MassDevelopment Technical Assistance to develop a Request for Proposal that will invite private developers to offer proposals for the reuse of the property.
The City has worked for several years to explore the feasibility of redeveloping the Bank into a flexible performance and event space as the community called for in the 2014 Sustainable Greenfield Master Plan. In the ensuing years, new performance and event spaces have emerged in Downtown Greenfield (Hawks and Reed, the Perch, the Pushkin, and Ten Forward) along with other new venues in neighboring communities (Shea Theater in Turners Falls and JaDuke Performing Arts Center in Turners Falls).
Mayor Wedegartner said today, “Clearly, pre-pandemic, there was pent-up demand for performance and event venues. It was terrific to see other spaces (H&R, the Shea, Ja'Duke, LAVA) emerge and survive in this incredibly creative Franklin County. The energy and interest for these venues triggered their growth and we are confident as we emerge from the pandemic, these venues will thrive. So Greenfield needs to explore a different future for the First National Bank building and MassDevelopment's assistance will be of great help as we will continue to look for fresh opportunities to put this community asset back to work.”
The FNB project will take place during the first six months of 2022 along with other initiatives the City is working on as the Downtown Revitalization Plan update gets underway in the spring.