Center for Human Development buys closed hardware store in Easthampton for $1.4M


Staff Writer
Published: 6/17/2021 8:20:49 PM

EASTHAMPTON — A human services agency has purchased the former Manchester Hardware store at 55-59 Union St. for $1.4 million, which includes a total of 1.06 acres in downtown Easthampton.

On Wednesday, the real estate brokerage firm NAI Plotkin, an office of NAI Global, announced it completed the deal with the Center for Human Development (CHD).

“Purchase of the building is just the first step in a process in which we consider and determine the best possible uses for the site and advance those plans,” Ben Craft, vice president of community of engagement for the Center for Human Development, wrote in a statement. “We look forward to engaging with various community stakeholders appropriately as that process unfolds.”

The Center for Human Development, which has an office at 332 Birnie Ave. in Springfield, operates several programs throughout western Massachusetts and parts of Connecticut, including Amherst, Chicopee, Easthampton, Greenfield and Northampton.

The building is a 17,900-square-foot commercial building, most recently the storefront of Manchester Hardware, which closed in September after over a century of business.

As for broader goals for Center for Human Development in Easthampton, Craft wrote those include: a dedicated outpatient mental health counseling services for adults, children and elders, which would be a relocation and expansion of its existing clinical services that have been based in Easthampton for over a decade; a resource hub for connections to other CHD and community resources for people and families, including housing programs and job placement programs; and a possible co-location of primary medical care with mental health resources.

On the Center for Human Development website, some areas of service listed include: emotional and behavioral health; addiction recovery; child development and advocacy; community care and support; housing, hunger and family support; youth welfare and court-guided supports; and intellectual and developmental disability supports.


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