ServiceNet building new headquarters

For The Recorder
Thursday, October 26, 2017

NORTHAMPTON — ServiceNet Inc., the human services agency with offices on King Street and in Florence, will consolidate its corporate headquarters in a new building at Village Hill scheduled to open next spring.

MassDevelopment, the state’s economic development and finance agency, on Monday announced that it has issued a $4.1 million tax-exempt bond and a mortgage guarantee for the ServiceNet project, which will feature a 17,600-square-foot building on a lot next to Fazzi Associates off Village Hill Road.

ServiceNet used bond proceeds to buy 2.3 acres at Village Hill from MassDevelopment, where the corporate headquarters and administrative offices will be housed. TD Bank purchased the bond.

“We’re grateful that MassDevelopment and TD Bank are making it possible for us to own this new building,” Susan Stubbs, president and CEO of ServiceNet, said in a statement. “By unifying our support departments under one roof, several of which are now located in leased office spaces, we will be able to work together more efficiently while achieving significant cost-savings over time.”

ServiceNet spokeswoman Amy Swisher said employees at the offices at 131 King St., a building ServiceNet owns, and the Nonotuck Mill in Florence, which it rents, will be among those moving to Village Hill, along with those who work at two other leased sites in the city.

ServiceNet intends to continue using the King Street site in some capacity.

“We’re planning to move some programs in leased space elsewhere in the Valley to 131 King St.,” Swisher said.

She said it’s not yet certain how any employees with ServiceNet will be at the new site when it opens next May or June.

MassDevelopment has issued a total of five tax-exempt bonds for ServiceNet, including one two years ago that allowed the organization to buy, renovate and furnish five office condominiums in Greenfield to house behavioral outpatient clinics, and residences for individuals with disabilities in Agawam and Chicopee.

ServiceNet, founded in 1965 as the Hampshire Association for Mental Health, provides a wide range of human services to people in the Pioneer Valley, including outpatient behavioral health services, adolescent support programs, early intervention for young children, home health care, residential mental health programs and shelter services for the homeless.