Holyoke has been designated as one of 64 successful “Our Town” grant recipients by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) this year, one of only 9 in the Vacant Properties category. Chairman Jane Chu announced last week that the City will be receiving $50,000 among $4.3 million in support for projects across the nation. The funds were pursued by the Office of Planning & Economic Development (OPED) as part of the gateway improvements to South Holyoke and Springdale neighborhoods ...Continue Reading → Share
Last month, students from the Holyoke High School Business Club visited various businesses in Holyoke to learn about current activities supporting Holyoke’s growing diverse economy. Approximately 41 students spent the day learning about economic development with visits to Universal Plastics, Wistariahurst Museum, the Holyoke Gas & Electric fish lift, and Brick Co-Workshop.
During lunch at Wistariahurst, students heard from Mayor Morse about the City’s economic development initiatives and Rosa Pantoja, owner of Luna Designs and Pantoja Tax Services, who discussed the ...Continue Reading → Share
In a legislative hearing at the state house, Governor Baker presented his economic development bill alongside Mayor Morse, referencing Holyoke as a community that has successfully partnered with the Commonwealth on a variety of economic development initiatives.
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To: Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emergent Technologies
Re: Remarks by Mayor Alex B. Morse Remarks on H3883
Thank you to Governor Baker for inviting me to speak with him today in favor of H3983, and Joint Committee ...Continue Reading → Share
On Monday, March 14 Mayor Alex Morse was joined by city and state officials to mark the official start of the demolition and cleanup of the former Parson’s Paper in preparation for the expansion of Holyoke manufacturer Aegis Energy Services. The announcement capped a multi-year effort to remediate the site and make it ready for development. The expansion of Aegis Energy Services will entail a private investment of approximately $7 million, the retention of 65 jobs and the creation of ...Continue Reading → Share
In recognizing that public art creates a unique sense of place and pride for all citizens and visitors to our community; the City of Holyoke, as part of a Community Development Block Grant has been awarded funding to complete an art installation in and/or around the area of Depot Square and the Holyoke Rail Platform at the corners of Main and Dwight Streets.
The City of Holyoke seeks proposals for a permanent art installation which may include, but is not limited ...Continue Reading → Share
The City of Holyoke began the demolition and cleanup on site at the property at 689 Main Street, the former location of Automania, an automotive sales and service facility, which is not currently in operation and is vacant.
The demolition was marked by a ceremony that included remarks from city & state officials and representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).The demolition of this property is the first phase in an effort to prepare the site for redevelopment, which was marked by ...Continue Reading → Share
With funding from the Working Cities Challenge, Holyoke has been able to focus efforts on building and growing an ecosystem of local entrepreneurs, gaining national attention from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in its most recent publication of Land Lines magazine.
Click here to view the PDF of the October issue; the story is featured on page 24.Continue Reading → Share
The Holyoke Redevelopment Authority (HRA) Board reviewed and accepted two private investment proposals at their October 21st meeting, directing Planning & Economic Development staff to negotiate and finalize agreement terms over the next few weeks in accordance with the City’s Urban Renewal Plan (URP) titled “Connect. Construct. Create. – A plan for the revitalization of Center City Holyoke”.
The first proposal, by WinnDevelopment, would create approximately 100 units of mixed-income housing for rent at 216 Appleton Street, with on-site parking on ...Continue Reading → Share
At a presentation with Mayor Alex Morse and Marcos Marrero, the Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Holyoke, AACO Realty announced today the commencement of their redevelopment plan for 380 Dwight Street Complex, the first phase of which will see the creation of 26 energy-efficient live/work condominiums.
David Scher, long-time owner of the Canal Gallery building, introduced his two new partners in the newly-restructured AACO Realty.
Terrence Bernard, one of the new partners and the general contractor behind ...Continue Reading → Share
In an effort to accommodate for a growth in production, International Container Company, LLC will build an expansion to its facility and operations headquartered at 110 North Bridge Street in Holyoke. The expansion is planned with the assistance of both local tax incentives and tax credits provided through the Commonwealth’s Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP).
International Container Company (ICC) purchased its one hundred and fifty-thousand square foot facility in Holyoke in 2001 and has since made many improvements to the property. ...Continue Reading → Share