From The Republican
by Fred Contrada
Thursday May 22, 2008
Amid reservations about the loss of office and retail space, the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Village Hill Northampton project voted unanimously today to amend the master plan, clearing the way for Kollmorgen Corp. to become the main commercial tenant.
Under a plan presented to the committee, Kollmorgen would occupy the lion’s share of the former Northampton State Hospital campus to the south of Route 66.
The site had been envisioned as a mix of commercial and industrial space that would complement the residential portion of the village on the north campus.
Kollmorgen, the city’s largest private employer, makes optical equipment, some of which is used by the military.