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Baystate Health to open office on King Street in Northampton

The medical facility is expected to take up about 22,000 square feet of space on the north side of the old mall, or about one-third of the building, said Frank Colaccino, president of Colvest/Northampton LLC, the Windsor, Conn., company redeveloping the site along the city’s busiest thoroughfare.

He said the new facility will include doctors’ offices, a blood lab and more. The office is expected to open next spring, he said.

“I think it will be a nice addition to the site,” Colaccino said.

Baystate Health officials could not be reached Thursday for comment.

The Planning Board Thursday approved Colvest’s request to amend a previously approved site plan in order to create a parking lot on the north side of the building to accommodate Baystate.

Baystate’s decision to expand in Paradise City comes eight months after Cooley Dickinson Hospital opted to merge with Massachusetts General Hospital rather than with its Springfield neighbor.

At the time, Baystate Health’s CEO and trustee chairman both expressed concern that transferring local control of Cooley Dickinson to Boston is not in the best interest of residents of western Massachusetts.

Baystate Health is the parent corporation of a health care system that includes Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield and Baystate Mary Lane Hospital in Ware.

The system also includes outpatient programs and facilities including Baystate Medical Practices, which includes primary care, specialty and hospital-based practices throughout the region. One of those offices is the Pioneer Valley Family Medicine on Conz Street in Northampton.

In addition to Baystate Health, Colvest’s redevelopment of the former mall at 327 King St. includes a new free-standing Greenfield Savings Bank that’s under construction and an expanded Firestone building. The latter project is complete.

Colvest continues to search for retail and office tenants for the remaining 40,000 square feet of space in the old mall building that was once home to a Price Chopper supermarket.

Meantime, King Street is buzzing with construction activity these days, with as many as four projects taking shape along the commercial corridor.

In addition to Colvest’s project, other work includes construction of a new PeoplesBank branch at the corner of King and Barrett streets; a new showroom and repair facility for Northampton Volkswagon in the former Kollmorgen Electro-Optical building; and a new Lia Kia dealership at 263 King St., in the parking lot of Lia Honda.

Real estate experts have said it’s good news to see some action at that end of King Street, which has been sitting dormant for some time. The projects will also add to the city’s tax base.

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