Revamped Festival Gives Nod to Return of Passenger Rail

In anticipation of the return of passenger rail service to Holyoke and in an effort evolve from past successes of Discover Holyoke Day; the non-profit marketing group PassportHolyoke has expanded its fall festival into a three day series of art and cultural events called Next Stop: Holyoke.  This Columbus Day weekend, October 11-12, the Paper City will put on display its art, music, food, sport, history and culture for all to celebrate.

Through a collaboration of local cultural non-profit ...

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City gets $170,000 for efficiency

Holyoke was recently awarded a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources’ Green Communities Division to help the City reach its energy efficiency goals.

The grant will fund energy upgrades to the City-owned Exhibition Building that houses the Children’s Museum and Volleyball Hall of Fame, such as replacing the boiler, building controls, rooftop units, and installing demand-controlled ventilation. This investment will save the City approximately $20,000 in energy costs every year. Previous energy ...

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Canalwalk second phase urged for 2013

On July 11, 2012 the Massachusetts Department of Transportation held a public hearing at the City Council Chambers to discuss the designs and projected timeline of Holyoke’s second phase Canalwalk. The hearing, which had roughly 40 audience members in attendance, featured a presentation of the project design by the City’s consultants, VHB Inc., and supportive comments from the public whom urged construction to start in 2013.

State and City officials are currently working on a project timeline that will ...

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Designs for Downtown Infrastructure Move Forward, Get Funding

Holyoke took two important steps towards designing public infrastructure improvements in the downtown canal district in June.

First, City Council approved $150,000 to complete engineered drawings for the Transit Connections Project, which will improve pedestrian, bike and vehicle access along Heritage, Front and Dwight Street areas. The project will help connect the Holyoke Transportation Center to the future passenger rail stop on the bottom of Dwight Street and to the Canalwalk, as well as improve the walking environment within ...

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