Inbox [April 3]: Overnight 290 closures, UMass has $169M worth of plans, Hampton Inn and Archer Advertising come to city

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Belmont Street bridge work to disrupt traffic on 290

In an overnight operation held on the nights of April 4-6, the project team for the Belmont Street Bridge Rehabilitation will place the steel girders for the deck of the first half of the new bridge. To ensure the safety of the traveling public, the section of Interstate-290 below the bridge will be closed between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning. This closure will be in place on all three of the nights mentioned above.On the night of Monday, April 4, I-290 eastbound will be closed and detoured at Exit 16 – Central Street. A detour route, marked out by VMS boards, signage and controlled by a police detail, will run from MLK Boulevard to Major Taylor Boulevard, and from there to Lincoln Street, returning motorists to I-290 at the Lincoln Street on-ramp.

On the nights of Tuesday, April 5, and Wednesday, April 6, I-290 westbound will be closed and detoured at Exit 21 – Lincoln Street.

Read the full story on the city of Worcester’s website


MassDevelopment issues $169M bond to help UMass Memorial Health Care renovate hospitals

MassDevelopment has issued a $168,750,000 tax-exempt bond on behalf of UMass Memorial Health Care Obligated Group, which is using bond proceeds to finance equipment, construction and renovation projects at multiple hospitals in Central Massachusetts.

Four hospitals make up UMass Memorial Health Care: UMass Memorial Medical Center with its Memorial, University and Hahnemann campuses in Worcester; UMass Memorial-Clinton Hospital; UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster and Fitchburg; and UMass Memorial-Marlborough Hospital.

“MassDevelopment is pleased to help UMass Memorial access low-cost funding as the organization renovates several locations, keeping the Commonwealth on the leading edge of health care,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones. “With new equipment and medical spaces, these hospitals will continue to deliver excellent medical care and treatment.”

Read the full story from MassDevelopment


Ribbon cutting

Courtesy city of Worcester

Mayor Joseph M. Petty, District 1 City Councilor Tony Economou, City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. and Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce President Timothy P. Murray joined the owners of the new Hampton Inn & Suites at Gateway Park to cut the ribbon for the hotel’s first day on Friday.

Hampton Inn opens in Gateway Park

Mayor Joseph M. Petty, District 1 City Councilor Tony Economou, City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. and Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce President Timothy P. Murray joined the owners of the new Hampton Inn & Suites on Friday, April 1, at 65 Prescott St. in Gateway Park to cut the ribbon for the hotel’s first day.

This is one of three hotels opening in Worcester in the next 18 months, furthering the city’s economic development strategy. The 100-room hotel has plenty of Worcester touches, with local art on the walls and gift items in the lobby. And 87 percent of the hotel’s associates are Worcester residents.

See more photos on the city’s Facebook page and visit the hotel’s website, stayworcester.com


Archer logoCathy DiPilato opens Archer Advertising at 384 West Boylston St.

For some, Archer Advertising may sound a little familiar to people living in Worcester. Archer Advertising was the company Major League Baseball hired to paint the logos on Fenway Park for the All-Star Game in 1999. The company has also worked with transit authorities, and started the advertising on the WRTA buses here in Worcester.

For the last few years, DiPilato has worked with companies as a marketing director/consultant, concentrating mostly on start-up businesses. With her grass-roots marketing expertise, she has helped with branding companies’ names, increasing their sales revenue and bringing them to new levels.

Read the full story on Archer Advertising’s Facebook page or visit its site

— Cindy Henderson

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