Planning & Economic Development office welcomes new Senior Planner

The Office of Planning & Economic Development announced the hiring of Claire Ricker as Holyoke’s new Senior Planner, a position which manages a variety of projects on the City’s behalf, such as the implementation of actions in the urban renewal plan, Transit Oriented Development (TOD) infrastructure projects and Brownfield cleanups, as well as providing support to the Planning Board. Ricker began working for the City this week on Monday, June 10th.

“We’re super happy to welcome Claire to our team. She ...

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Developing Holyoke’s Creative Side

In the 2012 CreativeNEXT Listen Tour Summary Report, Massachusetts Creative Economy Director, Helena Fuscio, identified business development as a top need among creative enterprises.  Starting in February of 2013, Fuscio began holding Creative Resource Panels and Open Office Hours for professionals working in creative industry sectors across the State.    Sessions, open to any Western Mass Artists and/or Creative Businesses, are being held in Holyoke  at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) on Appleton Street – and Fuscio ...

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Documentary on Holyoke Pop-up Restaurant

This April, the Holyoke Public Library and the Office of Planning and Economic Development co-sponsored Holyoke: Points of View – a month long celebration of art and culture.  Among the festivities produced was a pop-up art & dinning fundraiser called “Deposit”, the brain-child of Holyoke native Brendan Cieko.

Ceiko brought top chefs from Boston (Whisk) to the Paper City ...

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Study to take Snapshot of the Creative Economy

What is art? It’s an age-old question, nearly impossible to answer, and yet perennially captivating. This summer, the Office of Planning & Economic Development (OPED) wants to ask a similar question: Where is creative work going on in our city, and how can the City help? In addition to other projects, OPED has directed funds from a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant to conduct a study of both the scope of the creative economy and ...

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Holyoke Youth Find Inspiration in City Hall Stained Glass

Gateway City Arts (GCA) in collaboration with the Holyoke Restoration Guild, VK Restoration and Holyoke Boys and Girls Club is currently running an apprenticeship program focused on the applied Arts of historic restoration. 

Weekly, a handful of students from the Holyoke Boys & Girls club gather at GCA to work on projects that range from basic house painting, faux finishing and marbling to wood graining, stencil design, gold ...

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Holyoke DJ receives a Webby win and an Emmy nod

Last week, after winning his second Webby Award, internationally renowned, Holyoke-based DJ, Steve Porter announced that he received a 2013 Daytime Emmy Award nomination in the category of “Outstanding Promotional Announcement” for his work creating monthly mash-ups for ABC’s Good Morning America. 

Steve Porter and his company, PorterHouse Media, was commissioned by ABC to use his craft of video remixing to create signature monthly mash-ups ...

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Rail Platform Design Meeting Scheduled

A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Holyoke Transportation Center, Room 402-403, to show the current status of the Passenger Rail platform design and hear feedback from the community. The public in encouraged to attend and hear a presentation from the consultant, Michael Baker Engineering, Inc., followed by a question and feedback period.

Construction of the rail platform is planned for this year on the southeast corner of Main and Dwight Streets and ...

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New McDonald’s building approved by Planning Board

At a public hearing on April 9, 2013, the Holyoke Planning Board approved the Site Plan Review and the Holyoke Stormwater Authority approved a Stormwater Permit for the construction of a new 4,124 sf McDonald’s Restaurant at 285 Maple Street. The existing building was damaged from a fire earlier this year and will be demolished to make way for a completely new restaurant building. The Site Plan for the new location includes a more efficient side-by-side, dual menu board drive-thru lane ...

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Vacant City Properties Returning to Tax Rolls after 1st Auction

On April 25, 2013 at the Holyoke Senior Center, the first City Auction since 1976 was held in front of a crowd of roughly 60 people. Out of the 14 properties available, 12 winning bids were made that will get the properties back into private ownership and producing taxes. The majority of the properties bought were vacant residential lots and there was a commercial lot, commercial building and industrial building also bought.

For more info on this auction, check out the ...

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WIN: New Food Establishments in Holyoke

Two small businesses have recently invested in Holyoke and are contributing to the growing food industry in the City. Susan’s Cafe is located at 930 Hampden Street and The Cake Lady located at 123 High Street.

Susan’s Cafe is owned by Susan Goff and located on Hampden Street at the former site of Luchini’s Restaurant and most recently Rigali’s Highland Lunch. They serve breakfast and lunch seven days a week and will deliver to local businesses Monday-Friday. Click here for ...

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