Historical and Fairfield Avenue Commissions
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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.
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 of 5 or more. 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:
National Register and State Register of Historic Places 2011
2012- Hampden Park National Register District
- Historic House Plaque Plaque application
- sample plaque
- Demolition Delay information (PDF of ordinance)
- Holyoke's Historic Inventory 20pdf
- MHC-MPPF - City Hall Stained Glass Grant
- INSURANCE FOR HISTORIC HOMES
- Holyoke Historical Preservation Awards Application
- Holyoke Historical Preservation Awards Scoring Rubric
- Preservation Awards 2015 Program
- HHC Historical Significance Assessment
Please check the city calendar for monthly agenda.
Meeting are monthly: City Hall Annex Room 100 A (by the elevator) 6:30
Aug 6, 2015- walking tour
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If you are interested in viewing meeting minutes, please click on the links below to download a PDF.
Fairfield Avenue Local Historic District Commission
Fairfield Avenue Local Historic District follows Mass. General Law Chapter 40 C
Section 2. The purpose of this chapter is to promote the educational, cultural, economic and general welfare of the public through the preservation and protection of the distinctive characteristics of buildings and places significant in the history of the commonwealth and its cities and towns or their architecture, and through the maintenance and improvement of settings for such buildings and places and the encouragement of design compatible therewith.
Section 3. A city or town may, by ordinance or by-law adopted by two-thirds vote of the city council in a city or by a two-thirds vote of a town meeting in a town, establish historic districts subject to the following provisions:— Prior to the establishment of any historic district in a city or town an investigation and report on the historical and architectural significance of the buildings, structures or sites to be included in the proposed historic district or districts shall be made by an historic district study committee or by an historic district commission, as provided in this section and in section four, who shall transmit copies of the report to the planning board, if any, of the city or town, and to the Massachusetts historical commission for their respective consideration and recommendations. The buildings, structures or sites to be included in the proposed historic district may consist of one or more parcels or lots of land, or one or more buildings or structures on one or more parcels or lots of land. The Massachusetts historical commission may consult with the director of economic development, the director of housing and community development and the commissioner of environmental management with respect to such reports, and may make guidelines for such reports, and, after public hearing, establish rules as to their form and manner of transmission. Not less than sixty days after such transmittal the study committee shall hold a public hearing on the report after due notice given at least fourteen days prior to the date thereof, which shall include a written notice mailed postage prepaid, to the owners as they appear on the most recent real estate tax list of the board of assessors of all properties to be included in such district or districts. The committee shall submit a final report with its recommendations, a map of the proposed district or districts and a draft of a proposed ordinance or by-law, to the city council or town meeting.
An historic district may be enlarged or reduced or an additional historic district in a city or town created in the manner provided for creation of the initial district, except that (a) in the case of the enlargement or reduction of an existing historic district the investigation, report and hearing shall be by the historic district commission having jurisdiction over such historic district instead of by a study committee; (b) in the case of creation of an additional historic district the investigation, report and hearing shall be by the historic district commission of the city or town, or by the historic district commissions acting jointly if there be more than one, instead of by a study committee unless the commission or commissions recommend otherwise; and (c) if the district is to be reduced written notice as above provided of the commission’s hearing on the proposal shall be given to said owners of each property in the district.
Any ordinance or by-law creating an historic district may, from time to time, be amended in any manner not inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter by a two-thirds vote of the city council in a city or by a two-thirds vote of a town meeting in a town, provided that the substance of such amendment has first been submitted to the historic district commission having jurisdiction over such district for its recommendation and its recommendation has been received or sixty days have elapsed without such recommendation.
No ordinance or by-law creating an historic district, or changing the boundaries of an historic district, shall become effective until a map or maps setting forth the boundaries of the historic district, or the change in the boundaries thereof, has been filed with the city clerk or town clerk and has been recorded in the registry of deeds for the county or district in which the city or town is located, and the provisions of section thirteen A of chapter thirty-six shall not apply.
Composition: The Fairfield Avenue Local Historic District Commission is a seven member board established in 2007 (2010) duly appointed by the Mayor 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 Fairfield Avenue 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 Fairfield Avenue. 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 Fairfield Avenue Local Historic District.
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 District Commission.
1. *Matthew Chenier (property owner), term expires July 1, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fairfield Avenue, Holyoke, MA. 413-537-8463
2. Olivia Mausel (Holyoke resident), term expires July 1, 2016, email@example.com
Briarwood Dr., Holyoke, MA. 237-1950
3. Peter Papineau (architect, property owner), term expires July 1, 2015-Pnp@murphyarch.com
Fairfield Avenue, Holyoke, MA. 413-532-7464
4. Sandra Parent, (Holyoke Resident) term expires July 1, firstname.lastname@example.org
Westfield Rd. Holyoke, MA. 413-536-4855
5. Elizabeth Strycharz (Holyoke Resident) term expires July 2015 -email@example.com
Woodland St., Holyoke, MA. 413-536-7494
6. Wendy Weiss, (Property Owner) term expires July 1, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fairfield Avenue, Holyoke, MA.
Fairfield Avenue Local Historic District_registry map
Fairfield Ave Sheet/page and book
Download application for EXTERIOR changes ONLY…..MUST BE APPROVED BEFORE CONTRACTORS BEGIN………. PERMITS WILL NOT BE GRANTED UNTIL APPROVAL FROM FAIRFIELD COMMISSION
Fairfield application download
Next meeting: City Hall Annex Room 100 A (first floor by the elevator) 6:30
July 8, 2015 /Aug- TBA
Full City Council vote- April 7, 2015
The Polish Heritage Local Historic District was denied on April 7, 2015.
The Polish Heritage Local Historic District was denied. 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 Jeahy, 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 Fairfield Avenue Commission is deeply saddened and disappointed by the outcome; however, we were heartened to hear the almost two hours ‘historic preservation’ was discussed. We thank the councilors who voted in our favor. We are not finished; it is our intention to pursue a historic district after the November elections. For more information or questions, please call or e-mail 413-322-5634 The Commission’s office or email@example.com.
Thank you for your continued support.
Holyoke City Hall Annex Room 100 A 20 Korean Veterans Plaza Holyoke, MA. 01040 Map
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Posted on December 20, 2012 by Olivia