Reuse of old mills in Chicopee, Easthampton examined by state, local officials | masslive.com

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This is one of the former Facemate buildings which has been razed to make way for a new Senior Center.

“Behind us are the remenants of an earlier era of manufacturing,” Bissonnette told the crowd. “Once these buildings are gone a bright new building will be in its place.” The property has a long history. The Chicopee Manufacturing Company, built around 1830, is believed to have been the third major water-powered industrial site in the state, Stephen R. Jendrysik, a retired history teacher and the city’s historian, said. The property was always used for textiles. The first developer, Johnathan Dwight, sold it to Johnson & Johnson in 1915, which made bandages during the war and later switched to making cloth diapers. The Facemate corporation purchased it in the 1970s and made collar stays until it closed a decade ago.

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