Senator Lesser and Representative Wagner Welcome MassDevelopment Bond to Renovate Chicopee's Sunshine Village

Chicopee — Senator Eric P. Lesser and Representative Joseph F. Wagner of Chicopee both cheered MassDevelopment’s announcement last week that it had issued a $2 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of Sunshine Village Inc., a Chicopee human services nonprofit. Sunshine Village is using bond proceeds to make interior and exterior renovations to its Davis and Casey buildings, including redesigning the front entryway and installing new windows and mechanical, engineering and plumbing systems in the Davis Building; and installing new insulation, painting and flooring in the Casey Building.

The organization is also using proceeds to reconfigure its parking lot; install new lighting, signage and walkways; and buy office equipment and furnishings. Westfield Bank purchased the bond.

“I am grateful to MassDevelopment for its continued investment in Western Mass, specifically in Chicopee with this bond. Sunshine Village is a cornerstone of our community, and those who attend its programs will tell you they look forward to going every day. The bond money issued on behalf of Sunshine Village will help make needed renovations to ensure that this vital program can continue into the future,” said Sen. Lesser.

“Sunshine Village does exceptional work improving the daily lives of those with developmental disabilities through community engagement, therapeutic programs, and employment services,” said Rep. Wagner.  “This financing will allow for an improved learning environment for both individuals and professionals. MassDevelopment continues to be an excellent partner with the City of Chicopee.”

Lesser and Wagner are the Senate and House chairmen of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.

Sunshine Village, Inc. was founded in 1967 with a mission to improve the lives of people with disabilities, including people on the autism spectrum. With its main campus on Litwin Lane in Chicopee, the organization also offers programs throughout the Pioneer Valley, including in Chicopee, Westfield, Three Rivers and Springfield. The nationally-accredited agency serves more than 425 adults through programs that include community and life engagement programs and employment services.