Greenfield detox to come onto tax roll

Staff Writer
Published: 4/8/2019 4:53:08 PM

GREENFIELD — The old Lunt Silversmith buildings on Federal Street will likely officially go onto the tax rolls this upcoming year. 

The developer overseeing the detox development at the site has purchased the land a few years after first proposing the project in 2015. 

While the detox and special recovery services have been provided there for the last two-plus years, the developer could not buy the land until all of the construction and cleanup of the site was complete. 

Behavioral Health Network and Clinical & Support Options run programs at the Federal Street site, including the Franklin Recovery Center, which has inpatient short and long-term detox services.

One hundred jobs later, and another 40 or so coming, the central location for addiction services is seeking a tax break on the property for the next six years. The agreement though was a part of the initial plan in building the project there in the first place. 

City officials have agreed to offer the terms of a tax increment financing (TIF) plan that gives the developer a 50 percent tax break the first two years, followed by 30 percent the next two years and then 10 percent the final two years. 

The Greenfield City Council’s Economic and Development Committee, led by Precinct 9 Councilor Dan Leonovich is expected to discuss this tax break at its meeting Tuesday.

The developer had been paying taxes on the property but at the assessed value of the property prior to the cleanup and construction. MJ Adams, Greenfield’s director of community and economic development, said they had been paying about $27,000 but it will jump to $53,000 in the first year — which is half of the total bill. 

The total tax bill will be around $106,000 for the property expected to be assessed at around $4.8 million. 

“We got a site that was a blight, environmental problem, with no jobs on it,” Adams said. “Now we have a private developer who is running programs that are critically needed” and employing 140-plus jobs. 

Adams said the jobs average a salary around $40,000, taking into account people working from custodial to administrative. 

The project also helped to pay for some of the rehab to the baseball fields next door. 

“We’re glad we finally got to the point where the site is cleaned up,” Adams said. “It feels like a win-win.” 

Reach Joshua Solomon at: or 413-772-0261, ext. 264

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