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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Parking Improvements Underway in Center City

In August 2011, the City Council approved the bonding for $6 million for upgrades to two of the City’s largest parking decks located in the Center City. As the area continues to grow the decks will accommodate parking for nearby developments while retaining the dense, walkable infrastructure of the Center City.

The repairs were finished last year on the Ernest E. Proulx Parking Garage on Dwight Street. The renovation included concrete repairs to the precast floor and framing, replacement of all ...

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Veterans Park Renovations Completed

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to officially re-open Veterans Park after undergoing $1.4million in renovations over the past 9 months. The speakers included Mayor Alex B. Morse, Ralph Lefebvre, Chaplin of the United Veterans of Holyoke, Jennifer Gilburg, chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission, City Council President Kevin A. Jourdain, State Representative and City Councilor Aaron Vega, and Kurt Gaertner, director of the Commonwealth’s Gateway Cities parks program.

The facelift includes new sidewalks, walkways and ADA ramps, new grass, ...

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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 kicks off with event October 13

With passenger rail service returning to Holyoke, The UMASS Architecture and Design Program is kicking off four community organized events to provide residents with an opportunity to learn more about what that means for economic and community development in their neighborhood.  A Pop-up Block Party will be held on Saturday October 13th, 2012 from 4pm-9pm at the corners of Main and Dwight Streets as a kick off event. The next three events will each cover a different topic relating ...

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Construction Begins on Veterans Park Improvements

On Wednesday, a groundbreaking ceremony was held by the Holyoke Parks and Recreation Department on the grounds of Veterans Park. Although construction had commenced a week earlier, the ceremony highlighted another key investment by the City in its downtown infrastructure and amenities. The improvements are being made possible by a $1.4million Gateway City Parks grant given to the City by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. This award was the largest amount allocated ...

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Designs for Downtown Infrastructure Move Forward, Get Funding

Holyoke took two important steps towards designing public infrastructure improvements in the downtown canal district in June.

First, City Council approved $150,000 to complete engineered drawings for the Transit Connections Project, which will improve pedestrian, bike and vehicle access along Heritage, Front and Dwight Street areas. The project will help connect the Holyoke Transportation Center to the future passenger rail stop on the bottom of Dwight Street and to the Canalwalk, as well as improve the walking environment within ...

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