Holyoke Celebrates Groundbreaking of Chestnut Park Apartments

There was plenty to celebrate in Downtown Holyoke at the August 18 official groundbreaking of the Chestnut Park Apartments. City officials were joined by delegates from the Patrick Administration to officially mark the beginning of construction at the site of the former Holyoke Catholic High School.

The redevelopment of the building, which was purchased in 2004 by E. Denis Walsh of Weld Management, has been supported with over $3.5 million in affordable housing resources from the Patrick Administration and will create 54 new affordable rental units and 104 construction jobs in downtown Holyoke.

Mayor Alex Morse served as emcee of the groundbreaking ceremony, which included remarks from City and State officials, in addition to greetings from building owner Denis Walsh. The conversion of the apartments will take about a year to complete, and will include the five buildings that comprise the former Holyoke Catholic campus.

As a major component of the Urban Renewal Plan, this project will compliment the $1.4 million renovation of Veteran’s Park and the previous improvements made along Maple Street as part of the Holyoke Transportation Center project.

In a press release issued by Governor Patrick’s office, Mayor Morse stated: “Today’s groundbreaking ceremony represents the city’s continued commitment to a vibrant, densely-populated downtown. I thank Denis Walsh for making this investment in Holyoke, and I can’t wait to see the finished product. Because of the special place Holyoke Catholic has in so many people’s hearts, this project is of particular significance to our city. I am proud to see that this structure, so vital to Holyoke’s past, will now be a part of a bright future for downtown Holyoke.”