Community Development


Our Mission

The Office of Community Development seeks to develop strong, sustainable communities by promoting an integrated approach designed to provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities for low and moderate income citizens. This is done through the development of partnerships with city and state government and the private sector, which would include non-profit as well as for-profit organizations.

About Community Development

The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)
: Are federal funds distributed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The CDBG program provides annual grants to cities, urban counties and states. These grants fund a wide range of community development activities directed towards neighborhood revitalization, affordable housing, economic development, and the provision of improved community facilities and services.

Over the past 34 years, the Office of Community Development has secured, administered, and managed over $100,000,000 in federal and state funds that have improved the City of Chicopee's:
  • Housing stock
  • Industrial parks
  • Neighborhoods
  • Parks
  • Public infrastructure
The money also funds scores of social service activities, such as:
  • Family counseling
  • Job training
  • Meeting child and elder needs

Why is Chicopee unique?

The City of Chicopee is rich with economic promise and possibility. It is the second largest municipality in a region with an exceptional quality of life and convenient interstate access. It is also home to the Westover Air Reserve Base and Westover Metropolitan Airport.

Chicopee is situated in the Springfield, MA - Hartford, CT metro areas which have more that 170,000 students attending 29 colleges and universities. The City is strategically located at the Crossroads of New England with easy access to national and global markets - Boston, MA (90 minutes) and New York City (140 minutes).

News & Updates


  • The Office of Community Development has released a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds (RROF). The Office of Community Development makes a finding of no significant impact for the CDBG projects funded for 2017-2018. Please refer to the FONSI and RROF here.


  • Mayor Richard J. Kos along with Michael Vedovelli, Director of Community and Economic Development, announced today a Downtown Business Assistance Program designed to provide financial assistance to Businesses located in the recently approved West End Housing Development Incentive Zone (WEHDZ).

    The program will provide funding to business owners to make improvements that result in the creation of jobs, assistance to low and moderate income persons, or the removal of architectural barriers.  The funding source for this innovative program is federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.   Eligible uses include repairs and improvements to commercial properties, repair or improvements to building systems or fixed equipment, and acquisition for purpose of expansion.


  • The City of Chicopee's Community Development Department is seeking proposals for inclusion in its 2017-2018 Action Plan. The 2017-2018 Program Year will run from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. Interested parties must complete and submit the application with all required documents by noon, Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Please find this Request for Proposals under the Documents and Forms section of the webpage.

  • BusinessWest outlines some of the major projects that took place in Chicopee last year as well as those scheduled to begin in 2017.

    “In a time when people are losing faith in government, Chicopee has seen unprecedented cooperation between its leaders, locally and on the state level,” Kos said. “We are working together to get things done and are excited about the industries that have chosen to invest here."


  • The City of Chicopee, through this Request for Proposals (RFP) invites proposals from nonprofit agencies for the use of Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for capital improvements to facilities that serve eligible CDBG clientele, including low – and moderate – income (LMI) and limited clientele (LMC) households. CDBG regulations stipulate that the facility must be open to the public free of charge during normal hours of operation. Funds awarded through this competition must be used for rehabilitation of or improvements to an existing facility for the purpose of preserving or expanding existing service capacity. The City of Chicopee is seeking applications for projects that can be completed by June 30, 2017. While the City anticipates that individual awards will not exceed $25,000 per project, the City reserves the right to award more on a case by case basis.


  • The demolition of the former Navy Housing property on James Street and its redevelopment as a solar field continues to move forward with more than 43 buildings having been torn down to date. Once the site is cleared, construction will begin on a solar farm that will allow Westover Air Reserve Base to lower their energy bill and further the City's long-term renewable energy goals.


  • Lot #4 of the former Uniroyal property has closed the bidding process after a preliminary Request for Proposals (RFP) was submitted. An announcement will be made soon regarding the future development of this approximate 3.8 acre site.
  • The City has recently approved a tax incentive for the new Mercedes Benz dealership slated for development off Burnett Road, where the former Plantation Inn of New England still stands.
  • US Tsubaki Automotive, LLC President Daniel Butterfield is pleased to announce the expansion of the Chicopee facility.
  • Mayor Richard J. Kos announced U.S. Tsubaki's request for tax incentives to complement their proposed expansion in the City. The company is considering an 80,000 square foot addition to their property.

                         Please refer to Press Releases below

Artist's concept drawing of RiverMills re-development
Recent Photo Galleries
Demolition Status of Uniroyal Buildings
RiverMills building with loader and pickup truck outside building
Pile of rubble that used to be the Facemate tower
Dilapidated Facemate tower still standing before demolition