City Issues RFP for Lynch School

In its search to identify developers with interest in the former John J. Lynch Middle School property, located at 1575 Northampton St., the City issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the property.  Proposals are now being accepted and must be submitted to the Purchasing Department by May 6, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. For a copy of the official RFP containing a detailed listing of the property, description of buyer obligations, and procedure for selection of a winning proposal, contact the City’s ...

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HRA Receives First Land Transfer Approvals & Seed Funding

The Holyoke Redevelopment Authority (HRA) recently obtained approval from City Council to transfer its first assets and begin implementing the objectives of its Urban Renewal Plan. On October 15th, 2013 the City Council approved the transfer of eight (8) parcels to the HRA in accordance with the plan they approved in December of 2012.  This action followed the Holyoke Economic Development and Industrial Corporation’s (HEDIC) approval of transferring ownership of five (5) parcels to the HRA, also in accordance with ...

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Bradley Henning Hired as Economic Development Specialist

The Office of Planning & Economic Development recently hired Bradley Henning as Economic Development Specialist, a position which manages a variety of Business and Real Estate Development projects on the City’s behalf, such as assisting in the implementation of the urban renewal plan, and providing assistance to stakeholders by introducing them to services, programs and incentives that are available through the city and its affiliated organizations.

“We’re super happy to welcome Bradley to our team. He brings a unique mix of ...

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CODE Program to assist Creative Property Owners in Holyoke

The City of Holyoke has launched an initiative to assist property owners in the Center City who want to rehabilitate their spaces for artistic, performance and other creative economy uses. Through this Change of Occupancy Determination Evaluation (CODE) Services Program, the City will be providing a handful of building owners with an analysis of which building, fire and other applicable codes would be required for their intended chance in use, along with an estimate of the related costs.

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Post Oil City: The History of the Urban Future

An Exhibition of the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen/

Institute for Cultural Relations with support from Goethe Institut Boston

September 1- October 31, 2013
Gateway City Arts, 92-114 Race Street
Holyoke, MA 01040


At a time when more than half of the world’s population is living in cities, any solution for dealing with the effects of climate change and the end of  development based on fossil fuels has to take city planning into account.

The exhibition “Post-Oil City: The History of the Urban Future,” presents innovative projects in ...

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Rail Platform design renderings revealed

At a public meeting on May 21, 2013, engineers from Michael Baker Corporation presented the 25% design plans for the future passenger rail platform to a crowd of roughly 30 people at the Holyoke Transportation Center. The platform will be located at South end of Dwight Street, just south of the intersection of Dwight and Main Streets.

The platform will feature a “butterfly” canopy with runoff directed into rain gardens. The canopy design was modeled after the current canopy and bus ...

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Parking Improvements Underway in Center City

In August 2011, the City Council approved the bonding for $6 million for upgrades to two of the City’s largest parking decks located in the Center City. As the area continues to grow the decks will accommodate parking for nearby developments while retaining the dense, walkable infrastructure of the Center City.

The repairs were finished last year on the Ernest E. Proulx Parking Garage on Dwight Street. The renovation included concrete repairs to the precast floor and framing, replacement of all ...

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Valley Opportunity Council cuts the ribbon on new market rate appartments

The Valley Opportunity Council (VOC) cut the ribbon on 11 new market rate apartments at the building on the corner of Hampden and Pearl Streets. The VOC purchased the building last year and in just 1 year has completed renovations and has fully occupied the units. The investment into the building is approximately $300,000.

The upgrades include converting the building’s heating system from oil to gas, which will pay for itself within two years; replacing the electric service entirely, ...

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Veterans Park Renovations Completed

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to officially re-open Veterans Park after undergoing $1.4million in renovations over the past 9 months. The speakers included Mayor Alex B. Morse, Ralph Lefebvre, Chaplin of the United Veterans of Holyoke, Jennifer Gilburg, chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission, City Council President Kevin A. Jourdain, State Representative and City Councilor Aaron Vega, and Kurt Gaertner, director of the Commonwealth’s Gateway Cities parks program.

The facelift includes new sidewalks, walkways and ADA ramps, new grass, ...

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OPED Moves to Annex 4th Floor

The Office of Planning and Economic Development recently moved to the City Hall Annex building, suite #406, This move will provide significant benefits to city stakeholders and taxpayers:

–> One-stop shop: Residents and businesses seeking permits to develop their properties will no longer have to commute between the Annex and One Court Plaza, as all departments involved in that permitting would now be located on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Annex building. Providing this type of clustering has been ...

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