Connect. Construct. Create.: A Plan for the Revitalization of Center City Holyoke

The Holyoke Redevelopment Authority (HRA) today publicly released its urban renewal plan titled “Connect. Construct. Create. – A Plan for the Revitalization of Center City Holyoke.”

Based on the Center City Vision Plan, this plan establishes the actions that the HRA will undertake within the Center City to promote a vibrant, diverse and economically sustainable Holyoke. The plan identifies specific actions to stimulate private investment and development of diverse commercial, residential and industrial areas that already exist in the Downtown, the Flats, South Holyoke and Churchill neighborhoods, which are the geographic focus of the plan.

“Several years of public meetings and analysis went into this roadmap, and although ambitious, we think this is a realistic plan. We’re very proud of this work so far and look forward to discussing it with the public” said Thomas Creed, chair of the Authority.

Ten project areas are identified within the plan. The actions within each project area come in various forms and include: key parcel acquisitions that result in rehabilitation, demolition or aggregation to form a larger parcel more marketable for development, public infrastructure upgrades, streetscape and traffic enhancements, investments in public/open spaces and partnerships with existing organizations, businesses or others to assist in on-going or future redevelopment projects.

“What’s also great is that the plan is founded on the notion that we’re on our way towards an economic transformation, thanks in great part to the energy of its residents and businesses. Unlike some prior instances of urban renewal throughout the country, this plan won’t displace our communities, on the contrary, about 92% of all parcels identified for acquisition in this plan are vacant or abandoned lots and buildings” added Creed.

“This long awaited plan will provide the template for the redevelopment of Holyoke’s historic downtown neighborhoods while building on those projects already underway to attract more residents, businesses and visitors” said Mayor Alex Morse.

It is expected that Holyoke City Council Redevelopment Committee will hold a public hearing on the plan sometime in October, while the HRA and staff from the City’s Office of Planning & Economic Development will present the plan during several public informational sessions at the following times and locations:

Thursday, September 27th 7:00 p.m. Kelly Elementary School, 216 West St.

Monday, October 1st 7:00 p.m. Morgan Elementary School, 596 S. Bridge St.

Tuesday, October 9th 7:00 p.m. Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot St.

“Connect. Construct. Create. – A Plan for the Revitalization of Center City Holyoke” can be downloaded and up-to-date information about the plan can be seen at For more information, contact Marcos Marrero at (413) 322-5655 or

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