Family looks to rekindle life for complex near trail


Eric Spicer and son, Sam, take a break from readying the Center Street Shoppes for an Aug. 1 opening. The Spicers envision a rebirth for the quaint complex of shops near downtown. (Jim Mayfield / Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — For four years, Eric Spicer has been chasing the vision for new life at Greenfield’s Center Street Shoppes, and it appears he might have finally caught up with it.

Spicer, who purchased the property from his father, Bill, in 2011, has been slowly refurbishing the property that was once a bustling colony of shops two blocks south of Main Street at the western edge of downtown. However, not much has happened there since 2005.

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