160 Middle Water Street (known as the former Hallmark Van Lines property) is a 1.4 acre site located in an industrial/commercial section of Holyoke, situated between the Third Level Canal and the Connecticut River. The site has been vacant since a fire in 1996 damaged the manufacturing building on the property. Previous property uses included paper manufacturing, warehousing, taxi services, and automobile repair. A large portion of the property is occupied by a vacant, 45,000 square-foot brick manufacturing building in extreme disrepair. The building is one-story in addition to a basement area. Most of the walls and roof are no longer intact as a result of the building fire in 1996. The general topography of the site slopes gently to the southeast toward the Connecticut River.
The City of Holyoke took ownership of the property in 1999 through a tax title taking and subsequently commissioned environmental investigations and a Response Action related to Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Release Tracking No. 1‐12879. DEP Site information is included in the Exhibits section. Transfer of the property to the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority (HRA) from the City of Holyoke was approved by the Holyoke City Council on August 2, 2016. The Property is located in the Urban Renewal Plan Project Area #10 and zoned General Industry (IG).