NESEA Design Competition Awards Ceremony

Holyoke was glowingly on display in the national spotlight on March 4-6 at the Sea Port World Trade Center in Boston, as the annual ‘Building Energy 14’ conference & trade show yielded the winners of the 2013-14 Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) Student Design Competition.

Launched in August of 2013, the competition drew student teams from throughout New England and Canada to submit innovative designs that envisioned Holyoke as a 21st century leader in energy efficiency, renewable energy and economic revitalization. ...

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More Properties Transferred to HRA

On February the 18th, 2014, the Holyoke City Council approved the transfer of 12 city-owned properties to the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority (HRA). Each of the 12 properties are identified within the city’s Urban Renewal Plan, being located within Areas 5,6,8 & 10, with eight of the properties surrounding Carlos Vega Park in the neighborhood of South Holyoke.

The approval marks the second round of properties that have been obtained by the HRA from the city, further enabling the agency to begin implementing ...

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City Council Establishes Pedestrian Plan Committee

The Holyoke City Council recently voted to establish a Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee to oversee the implementation of the Downtown Pedestrian Plan, which makes key recommendations and outlines strategies for strengthening pedestrian, social and economic connections between the neighborhoods of the city’s center.  Completed by the pedestrian advocacy organization Walk Boston, in conjunction with the City and the MA Department of Health’s “Mass in Motion” initiative, the plan proposes physical modifications to walking and biking infrastructure,  as well as urban ...

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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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Mosher Street Beautification and Streetscape Improvement Project

As part of the City’s planned improvements along its transit corridor, streetscape improvements were recently completed on Mosher and Main streets to improve the connectivity between the downtown and Flats neighborhoods.  Funded through the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, the improvements will make the area safer for residents to walk through while complementing other area improvements in 2014, such as the  second phase of the Canalwalk and new passenger rail platform.

Focusing primarily on the streetscape underneath the rail ...

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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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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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Redevelopment of former Holyoke Catholic Campus aided by State tax credits

Last month, the development group Weld Management was awarded approximately $1.7 million from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) in housing subsidies to complete a funding package that will create 55 units of workforce housing within the former campus and facilities of Holyoke Catholic High School. This recent award compliments $990,000 in federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and other funds in Massachusetts Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits. Construction is projected to begin later this summer.

This project compliments ...

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$2 million awarded for construction of Passenger Rail Platform

The City of Holyoke was awarded $2 million for the construction of a passenger rail platform through a MassWorks grant. The award completes the funding necessary to make Holyoke a stop on the future North-South Vermonter line. Holyoke was awarded $166,000 for engineering and design of the platform through a portion of the HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant through the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

The passenger rail stop will be located at the beginning of Dwight Street, south east of the intersection at Main Street. ...

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Envision Depot Square concludes with Food + Fitness Dialogue

Envision Depot Square kicked off a series of discussions on Saturday, October 13 with a block party at the intersection of Dwight and Main Streets, the future site of a passenger rail platform in Holyoke. The next two events featured dialogues on Economic Development, and History and Culture at Gateway City Arts. The final dialogue on Food + Fitness will take place on October 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m at Gateway City Arts, 92 Race Street.

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