Springfield City Council OKs special permit for mall redevelopment

Out with the old and in with the new. The Eastfield Mall property on Boston Road will be redeveloped, following the special permit approval from the Springfield City Council.

A special permit hearing took place on April 24, during which several project proponents discussed plans for the space.

Seth Stratton of Fitzgerald Law, attorney for the petitioner, Onyx Springfield Crossing LLC, told the council in talking about the mall property, “There is certainly some opportunity for improvement, and I’m excited to be a part of that.”

Stratton explained, “The mall does need to come down and under the Springfield zoning ordinance, there are two items that require a special permit from this council.” One is that the development itself exceeds 150,000 square feet which requires a special permit. There is also the Regional Shopping Center Overlay District which requires a special permit for any alteration. Since the mall will be demolished, that is triggered, Stratton said.

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