Lyman Terrace Community Meeting held

On November 27, 2012 a public meeting was held at the Heritage State Park Visitors’ Center to discuss resident priorities and receive input to guide the study being performed on redevelopment scenarios for the Lyman Terrace housing project. The meeting featured a presentation of current conditions by architectural consultant group Utile, and remarks by the project partners . Following presentations, the floor was opened for public comment where residents and others expressed their frustration with current conditions and their desire for a timely solution.

This meeting was part of an ongoing study being performed at the request of Mayor Alex Morse. In August 2012, Mayor Morse asked the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to suspend review of the Holyoke Housing Authority’s application for demolition of Lyman Terrace. Soon thereafter, Mayor Morse announced the formation of a partnership between the Holyoke Housing Authority (HHA), the City of Holyoke, MassDevelopment and Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) to address improvements to Lyman Terrace. Through rigorous community involvement, these organizations will develop a comprehensive plan for the area bordered by the first level canal, Lyman Street, Dwight Street, and High Street. The research will focus on evaluating all possible scenarios for redevelopment including rehabilitation, demolition or a combination of both.

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