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 for redevelopment,” Mayor Alex Morse stated. “This has been a focal point of my administration’s economic development strategy, and I look forward to getting this property developed and generating taxes again.”

A draft Analysis of Clean-up Alternatives is available for review beginning on May 1, 2015 at, and in person at the Office of Planning & Economic Development at 20 Korean Veterans Plaza, Suite 406. A public meeting to receive comments on the draft Analysis of Clean-up Alternatives  will be held on Thursday May 21, 2015 at 5:30PM in the 4th Floor Conference Room of the City Hall Annex at 20 Korean Veterans Plaza. Comments may also be submitted in writing to:  Claire V. Ricker, Senior Planner at 20 Korean Veterans Plaza, Suite 409; emailed to; or provided in person at the meeting.

In 1996, City of Holyoke acquired the former automotive sales and service facility from New England Speed Equipment, Inc. via a tax lien judgment. The half acre parcel includes an approximately 8,000 sq. ft building that is contaminated with organic compounds, polycyclic aromatic compounds, PCBs, and heavy metals.  The cost of environmental testing and documentation, demolition and remediation has been estimated around $300,000. Current funding for the project has been obtained by various sources. In the spring of 2014, the City secured $200,000 in federal funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Following that award, the City received an additional $25,000 sub-grant from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission’s revolving loan fund for consulting services.  And just this month, the City secured an additional $85,000 commitment through the MassDevelopment Brownfield Redevelopment Fund.

“The goal with securing these funds has been to provide a pad-ready site for additional development in a key location which has drawn private interest for years; at Springdale Industrial Park, right off of I-391. Once we hear back from the public on our draft plan, we will make any necessary changes to it and go out to bid for the remediation work in the coming weeks,” said Marcos A. Marrero, Director of Planning & Economic Development for the City of Holyoke.