Historical and Local Historical District Commissions

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HOLYOKE IS A CERTIFIED LOCAL GOVERNMENT CITY-2014

Download article from Massachusetts Historical E-Newsletter

 

Historical Commission Purpose

The Holyoke Historical Commission is a seven-member board established on November 20, 1972 by a vote of the Holyoke Board of Alderman/City Council.

The Commission's most important goal is the preservation of Holyoke's historic places. The purpose of the Holyoke Historical Commission is to work toward this goal by planning for and implementing programs for the identification, evaluation and protection of its community's historic resources.

The Holyoke Historical Commission works in cooperation with other municipal agencies to insure that the goals of historic preservation are considered in planning for future development of the community. The Commission also coordinates with other local groups whose interests involve history or historic preservation; The Commission also serves as the liaison between these groups on matters pertaining to historic preservation programs; and is mandated to be the local municipal "watchdog" for state and federal preservation agencies, alerting them to local preservation issues.

The Duties:

Chapter 40, Section 8D of Massachusetts General Laws identifies five responsibilities for all commissions established under this Chapter:

  • Conducting research on places of historical or architectural value
  • Cooperating with the State Archaeologist in conducting surveys and reporting on sites
  • Coordinating with other preservation organizations
  • Keeping accurate records of its actions and filling an annual report and
  • Maintaining a membership of not less than three or more than seven members, duly appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.
  • City Hall tours and walking city tours are available upon request for groups. Please call 413-322-5634 to schedule a specific tour.

 

Optional responsibilities include:

  • Prepare and distribute publications
  • Make recommendations to the Mayor, City Council, and Massachusetts Historical Commission
  • Hold hearings
  • Enter into contracts and other agreements
  • Accept gifts to further its work
  • Hire staff and
  • Acquire property in the community's name

 

We respectfully request that interested individuals attend several commission meetings before requesting  confirmation and appointment by the Mayor and City Council. The Chair will have more information and packets to aid in the better understanding the components of the  Commission. 

The Commission can help you with these other items:  

 

Please check the city calendar for our monthly agenda.

Meeting are monthly: 2nd Monday of the month 6:30 pm

City Hall Annex Office 100 A (by the elevator)

Last meeting- June 13, 2016

next meeting- September, 2016  tba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Olivia Mausel, Co-chair (term expires Jan 1, 2018) MauselO@holyoke.org
  2. Joseph Paul, Co-chair (term expires Jan 1, 2018) JoePaul711@gmail.com
  3. Alexandra Puffer, Secretary (term expires Feb. 1, 2019)  AlexandraLPuffer@gmail.com
  4. James Sheehan, Vice Chairperson (term expires Jan 1, 2017) jmsheehan22@yahoo.com
  5. vacant
  6. Frances Welson, (term expires April 16, 2018) Welson.FG@gmail.com
  7. Paola Ferrario (term expires April 16, 2018)    pferrario@mac.com

Associate Members:

 

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Local Historic District Commission

Fairfield Avenue is the first Local Historic District in Holyoke. (Mass. General Law Chapter 40 C)

Composition: The  Local Historic District Commission is a seven member board established in 2007 (2010) duly appointed by Mayor Pluta and confirmed by the Holyoke City Council.

 Purpose:  the commission’s most important goal is the preservation of Holyoke’s first local historic district- Fairfield Avenue. The purpose of the District Commission is to aid in the preservation and protection of the distinctive characteristics and architecture of the buildings and places significant to the history of the City of Holyoke, to maintain and improve their settings as approved in the City Ordinance and to encourage new building designs compatible with the existing architectures, enlargement or reduction of boundaries, and filings of maps.

 Means of Operation: The Local Historic District holds public meetings once a month and public hearings as needed. The District Commission reviews any changes to the EXTERIOR of the properties on Fairfield Avenue;  reviews/amends the guidelines for the local historic district, upholds the ordinance as amended and approved by the Holyoke City Council; and works in cooperation with other municipal agencies to insure the goals of historic preservation are considered in the planning for future preservation of this street. The Commission also coordinates with other local groups whose interest involve history or historical preservation.

The District Commission also serves as a liaison between these groups on matters pertaining to historic preservation programs and is mandated to be the local district commission for state and federal preservation agencies alerting them to local preservation issues that pertain to the Local Historic District. The existing Local Historic District Commission may be asked to survey and research any new historic districts in the city.

 We respectfully request that interested individuals attend several commission meetings before requesting  confirmation and appointment by the Mayor and City Council. The Chair will have more information and packets to aid in the better understanding the duties of the District Commission.

 

Commission Members

*Marco Crescentini, term expires July 1, 2018-resident of Fairfield Avenue, mecrescentini@yahoo.com

Peter Papineau (architect, property owner), term expires July 1, 2018-Pnp@murphyarch.com Fairfield Avenue, Holyoke, MA.  413-532-7464    

 Sandra Parent, (Holyoke Resident) term expires July 1, 2017-azola@aol.com Westfield Rd. Holyoke, MA.  413-536-4855

 Elizabeth Strycharz (Holyoke Resident) term expires July 1, 2018 -strycharz7494@comcast.net Woodland St., Holyoke, MA.   413-536-7494

  Wendy Weiss, (Property Owner) term expires July 1, 2017-wenwe72@comcast.net  Fairfield Avenue, Holyoke, MA.  

2 vacancies

* chair

Associate: Olivia Mausel, mauselo@holyoke.org   

 

 If you are interested in viewing, please click on the links below to download a PDF. 

Legal Form Historic District Ordinance[1]-Fairfield

Fairfield Avenue Local Historical District_registry map 

Fairfield Ave Sheet/page and book

 

Application for EXTERIOR changes ONLY…..must be approved BEFORE permits are issued.

 Fairfield application download

 

 MINUTES

Minutes Jan 14 2015

 Jan -May 2015

 July, Sept, Oct, Nov  2015

 Dec 9 and 12, 2015

 Jan. 13, 2016

Feb. 10, 2016- no quorum

 March 9, 2016

April 2016

 May 11, 2016

 June 8, 2016- (draft)

 

Meetings

Location: City Hall Annex Office 100 A (first floor by the elevator)

Time: 6:30

September, 2016 TBA

October

November

December

January

February

March

April

May

June

 

A new Local Historic District was denied on April 7, 2015- Polish Heritage District.

The Holyoke City Council voted 8-7 to deny the district. The votes in favor of the district were: Gordon Alexander, David Bartley, Gladys L. Martinez, Rebecca Lisi, Anthony Soto, Linda Vacon, and Jossie Valentin.

The following councilors voted against the district: Daniel Bresnahan, Jennifer Chateauneuf, Kevin Jourdain, Howard Greaney, James Leahy, Todd McGee, Joseph McGiverin, and Peter Tallman.

If you care to watch this April 7th  City Council meeting, go to  <www.boxcast.com/show/#/holyoke-city-council>

The Local Historic Commission was disappointed by the outcome; however, the Commission was heartened to hear the need for  ‘historic preservation’ by some of the councilors.  Historic Preservation was discussed for over two hours.

For more information or questions, please call or e-mail 413-322-5634 The Commission’s office Mauselo@holyoke.org

 

 

 

 

 

Office Address

Holyoke City Hall Annex Room 100 A 20 Korean Veterans Plaza Holyoke, MA. 01040 Map

Contact Info

413-322-5634


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