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Highlighted Redevelopment Projects
The following are some recent or upcoming housing developments that utilized programs or incentives of the City of Holyoke or other government agencies.
Way Finders is working with Dietz & Company Architects to blend 38 residences with community facilities, support services and cultural space. Library Commons provides access to employment, education and entertainment opportunities, as well as to downtown Holyoke’s burgeoning cultural scene. With close proximity to services, amenities and public transportation, Library Commons offers convenience, community and innovation to both its residents and its neighbors.
Library Commons is comprised of three rehabilitated historical buildings and one newly constructed building. The development includes a supportive services component, managed by The Care Center, known as Roque House.
Plans are underway to renovate 217 existing two and three-bedroom townhouses and build a three-story complex outfitted with a dozen one-bedroom apartments. Once completed, Holyoke Farms will have 191 units of affordable housing, with eight rentals reserved for tenants who earn below 30 percent of the Area Median Income.
The idea to build housing on the vacant parcels of land around Carlos Vega Park has been around for decades; it was identified in the 2008 South Holyoke Revitalization Strategy and directly incorporated in the 2012 Urban Renewal Plan. The objectives of the project include redeveloping vacant property, adding more density, improving housing options, improving housing stock, and increasing home ownership opportunities. The Holyoke Redevelopment Authority, whose mission is to implement the Urban Renewal Plan, has advanced the goals identified in the Urban Renewal Plan through site acquisition and selected the HHA as the developer.
The Holyoke Housing Authority partnered with The Community Builders (TCB) to redevelop Lyman Terrace utilizing Massachusetts low-income housing tax credits. The 160 affordable rental units are located in downtown Holyoke. Residents enjoy the ease of a work-life balance with access to health and entertainment locations, within minutes to the community. Conveniences such as the Holyoke Health Center, The Holyoke Canal Walk, and The Holyoke Children’s Museum are just a few of the many amenities in the neighborhood.
The Cubit 164 Race Street
The Cubit is a former wire manufacturing facility, built in 1920, with five floors totaling 55,000 square feet at the corner of Appleton and Race streets. Brothers Denis and Marco Luzuriaga redeveloped the property into a mixed-use development. The Holyoke Community College (HCC) Culinary Arts Institute occupies the first and second floors. The upper two floors house eighteen market rate rental apartment lofts ranging in size from 750 to 1,150 square feet, similar in size to a one or two-bedroom apartment. The apartments boast high ceilings and oversized windows and offer new thermal windows, efficient heating and cooling, and contemporary kitchens. The Mayor and City Council approved local tax incentives for The Cubit project, both on the commercial and residential property taxes
Chestnut Park Apartments 85 Chestnut Street
After several years of non use, the former Holyoke Catholic High School and Whiting Elementary School properties have been redeveloped into the site of over 50 units of workforce housing in the heart of Center City. Located just beside Veteran’s Park and other area amenities such as the Holyoke Transportation Center, this development adds pedestrian traffic and vitality to a critical area of the City’s Transit Oriented Development Corridor. The site was purchased in 2004 by E. Denis Walsh of Weld Management, and has been supported with over $3.5 million in affordable housing resources.