Corner of Chestnut & Pearl Streets
SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts 01103

Fred Rowe

Opportunity Zone location!! Auction Happening Now. The Birnie Building, located in the Historic Apremont Triangle District between the Springfield downtown core and the former Springfield Armory (now Springfield Technical Community College) is, as well, equidistant from the Union Railroad Station redevelopment and the newly completed Federal Court House. The entrances to the major North/South Interstate I-91 and the major East/West Interstate I-90 are minutes from the property, with Amtrak rail service and interstate bus services within walking distance. With a simply carved limestone façade, the 37,800 total square footage of the Birnie Building consists of 12,100 square feet of ground floor retail stores, 12,900 square feet of second floor office space and 12,800 square feet of ground floor formerly shop space with high bays surrounding an interior courtyard. Built in 1920 for the cutting edge technology of the day, the automobile, the Birnie Building, as with its sister the Harris Green Building across the apex of the triangle, provided ground floor show rooms for the sale of new automobiles (including Rolls-Royces then manufactured in Springfield), rear shop spaces for the repair and maintenance of automobiles, and second floor offices for the business management of services to the “motoring” public of the 1920’s. The base of Apremont Triangle consists of three mid-rise buildings, the Tarbell-Watters Building, originally an automobile parts depot, the Kimball Towers Condominiums, originally the grand hotel of Springfield and 122 Chestnut Apartments, the historic adaptive reuse of the former YMCA building. Given its location in a federally designated historic district, the Birnie Building is eligible for historic rehabilitation tax credits, 20% federal and 10% state. The property is also eligible for the federal New Markets Tax Credits of 39%. MassDevelopment has offered tax-exempt bond financing with the possibility of loan guarantees and limited recourse.