Holyoke Celebrates the Return of Passenger Rail Service

Mayor Alex Morse hosted the Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the Holyoke Passenger Rail Platform at Depot Square on Thursday, August 27 at the intersection of Dwight and Main streets. The inauguration of the platform marked return of the first passenger rail train to Holyoke in approximately 50 years, and three years to the day when Mayor Morse announced the final location of the new station.

“The return of passenger rail to Holyoke represents a critical component of our revitalization strategy ...

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Mosher Street Bridge Public Art Installation to be Unveiled

The City of Holyoke will unveil a new public art project, “Arrivals,” under Mosher Street Rail Bridge with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday August 19th, 2015 at 4:30 PM. There will also be tours of the project scheduled as part of the Celebrate Holyoke Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 21st, 22nd & 23rd.

“Arrivals,” the selected proposal for the Mosher Street Underpass Art Project, will transform a key gateway between the flats neighborhood and downtown Holyoke into a safe, inviting and ...

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Call for Art Seeks Proposals for Street Furniture

The City of Holyoke has received $7,500 in grant funding for the installation of custom-made street furniture designed and built by Holyoke-based artists and makers as both permanent infrastructure and public pieces of art. The funding has been provided by the “TDI Places” Small Grants Program from MassDevelopment, a part of the Transformative Development Initiative (TDI).  Funding will be used to produce custom street furniture that will remain available and periodically re-positioned throughout portions of Holyoke’s Innovation District. The measure ...

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City of Holyoke to Begin Clean Up Activities for 689 Main Street

The City of Holyoke will begin clean-up activities at 689 Main Street, the former site of “Automania”, which will include demolition of the building and removal of hazardous materials in order to prepare the site for sale and redevelopment.  The site is expected to be ready for sale by the fall of 2015.

“As a City, one of the biggest challenges we face is securing the often scarce resources needed to make sites like this ready ...

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Savings Expected with Gas Conversion at City Hall

Through a $230,000 Green Communities grant from the Department of Energy Resources (DOER), the City of Holyoke will replace two oil fired steam boilers with new high efficiency gas fired boilers servicing the City Hall and the Annex. This fuel conversion and equipment upgrade is projected to save over $37,000 a year at the City Hall and $16,000 a year at the Annex, primarily through the price differential of the two fuels.  Also included in the grant is funding to ...

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SPARK:Live Featured Speaker- Jorge Silva-Puras – Entrepreneurship in the Age of Crowdfunding

Please join SPARK:Holyoke in welcoming its first featured lecturer as part of its SPARK:Live series, Jorge Silva Puras, Distinguished Lecturer on Business and Entrepreneurship at Hostos Community College at the City University of New York (CUNY) and former Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The lecture and discussion will take place on Thursday, April 9 from 6-8PM in the Community Room of the Holyoke Public Library ...

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Holyoke Becomes First Community in WMass. to Adopt “Complete Streets” Ordinance

The City of Holyoke has adopted Complete Streets ordinance, making it the first community in Western Massachusetts and the second community in the Commonwealth to adopt an ordinance of its kind.   Drafted by the members of the Holyoke Bike/Pedestrian Committee, the ordinance was designed to promote a connected network of right-of-way facilities accommodating all modes of travel to the maximum practical extent, while recognizing that not all streets will be able to accommodate the needs of all users equally.

“By establishing ...

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Call for Art: Images of Industry

The City of Holyoke seeks “images of industry” from regional artists to incorporate into a proposed series of banners. Vertical banners will be displayed on lamp posts along the streets of downtown Holyoke. Artwork should be original and reflect on the past and/or present industries of Western Massachusetts.

Up to five images may be chosen. Artists will receive $300 for each image selected. More than one image per artist may be selected. Images may be altered to fit with the final ...

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Holiday Shopping Popping Up in Holyoke

Looking for unique and original holiday gift ideas?  This week several seasonal gift shops filled with works by local artists, artisans and crafters will be appearing at various locations in Holyoke.  On Thursday, December 18 and Friday December 19 from 3pm to 7pm multiple pop up shops will appear on Race Street at Paper City Studios and Parsons Hall.  Also, for its third year, the Holiday Holyoke Art Shop will be open; however, this year the shop will ...

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Center City Liquor Licenses Now Available

The Holyoke Redevelopment Authority (HRA) recently completed its guidelines and is now ready to review and approve restaurant concepts in order for businesses to compete for the thirteen additional liquor licenses located specifically within the four neighborhoods that comprise the Center City of Holyoke’s Urban Renewal Plan.

“This approval by the HRA board signifies the launch of the Center City Liquor License program, giving us another valuable tool to promote new business opportunities that will complement our downtown area, and allows ...

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