South Holyoke Housing Development

The Urban Renewal plan (URP) states the following objectives for South Holyoke:

This area includes the central portion of the South Holyoke neighborhood around the Morgan School. Recommended actions in the area build off of the recommendations in the South Holyoke Revitalization Strategy prepared with neighborhood input in 2008. Actions include 5 buildings and 18 land acquisitions resulting in redevelopment, new open space, new housing, roadway improvements and neighborhood retail. Mixed use housing and affordable home ownership ...

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Historic Preservation

This plan updates and expands upon the City’s 1991 Historic Preservation Plan based on current conditions in the City with a focus on Center City Holyoke. Since 1991 depopulation of the historic downtown has resulted in extreme vacancy in the existing building stock, leading to rapid deterioration of the City’s historic fabric. On sites that remain undeveloped or where buildings have been lost, new construction is carried out with insufficient consideration for surrounding historic resources. Residents have called for a ...

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Urban Tree Assessment

(photo: Mary Serreze, the Republican)

The City of Holyoke contracted Davey Resource Group to review current and historical land cover classifications, analyze data for environmental benefits and demographic trends, and provide recommendations for prioritized planting areas for the City of Holyoke’s Environmental Justice (EJ) community. Developing and implementing a plan to re-forest public streets and public parks within these target neighborhoods is a crucial component of the City’s plan to enhance the quality of life for a substantial portion of the ...

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Mt. Tom Power Plant

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), in partnership with the City of Holyoke, undertook a study to identify, assess and analyze potential reuses of the Mt. Tom Power Plant site. The Mt. Tom Power Plant shut down its coal-fired operations in 2014 after over 40 years of power generation on the site.

The goals of the study were to:
•Illustrate the challenges and opportunities related to the redevelopment of the site;
•Provide residents opportunities to weigh in on principles that should ...

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H.H. Richardson Bldg.

This report explores potential new uses and suggests strategies for transforming the former station into a valuable hub of activity in Holyoke’s Innovation District. The station could serve as the centerpiece for a reinvented Depot Square area while respecting the unique history of the surrounding city as an immigrant/migrant destination.

HH Richardson Building Study Documents:

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Depot Square Historical

The goal of the project is to study is to explore the history and historic buildings that composed “Depot Square”, the area between the H.H. Richardson Building on Lyman and Bowers Street, south towards the intersection of Appleton and Main Streets. Through the understanding of the square’s history and significance to Holyoke, the project engaged a wide range of people who live and work in the Depot Square area through a series of interactive events and discussions to envision the ...

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Vacant Building Re-Use

The City of Holyoke, along with MassDevelopment, worked on this study to encourage property owners in the downtown area to reinvest in, and market, properties that have been vacant or significantly underutilized. MassDevelopment engaged McCabe Enterprises to assess four properties for their potential for redevelopment in downtown Holyoke. The study used four sites where private investment could significantly complement public actions related to the Urban Renewal Plan, and where information gathered could likely be used in some decision-making capacity by ...

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Whiting Farms Survey

This 18.7 acre lot on Whiting Farms Road is currently owned by the Holyoke Gas and Electric, and is currently zoned for general business. In February of 2014, the Office of Planning and Economic Development embarked on a study to gauge what uses are desirable on the site, guided by residents feedback.

The survey sought to answer the following questions:

  1. How does the community think the site could best serve Holyoke and the neighborhood?
  2. What would the community like to see from the ...
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NESEA Competition

To engage the next generation of designers and engineers in the key energy issues and strategies of the day, NESEA sponsors an annual design competition for college and university students. The target participants include college, university and building science design programs in the 10 states in NESEA’s region from Maine to Washington D.C., plus the Eastern Canadian Provinces. In 2013-14 9 colleges and universities and 17 teams competed across the four divisions.

For their 2013-2014 competition, NESEA chose Holyoke as their ...

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HID Ideabook

Placemaking is a process of turning physical spaces into meaningful places as a tool to foster innovation.  This placemaking IdeaBook examines the innovative placemaking successes of other cities, and suggests how grassroots, bottom-up placemaking can be successful in Holyoke.

This project was undertaken in the Winter of 2014 by Conway School graduate students with guidance from City of Holyoke Office of Planning & Economic Development and community leaders in Holyoke.

Related Documents:

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