Historical and Local Historical District 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. 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 application
- 2012- Hampden Park National Register District
- Historic House Plaque Plaque application - sample plaque
- Demolition Delay information (PDF of ordinance)
- INSURANCE FOR HISTORIC HOMES
- HHC Historical Significance Assessment
- MHC-Macris.net (scroll down to Holyoke)
- How to Research your Home in Holyoke
- CPA endorsement
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
September 19, 2016
January 9, 2017
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- Olivia Mausel, Co-chair (term expires Jan 1, 2018) MauselO@holyoke.org
- Joseph Paul, Co-chair (term expires Jan 1, 2018) JoePaul711@gmail.com
- Alexandra Puffer, Secretary (term expires Feb. 1, 2019) AlexandraLPuffer@gmail.com
- James Sheehan, Vice Chairperson (term expires Jan 1, 2017) email@example.com
- Richard Ahlstrom, (term expires April 16, 2018) Richardahlstrom@comcast.net
- Frances Welson, (term expires April 16, 2018) Welson.FG@gmail.com
- Paola Ferrario (term expires April 16, 2018) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Alternate: Chris Gauthier, email@example.com
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.
*Marco Crescentini, term expires July 1, 2018-resident of Fairfield Avenue, mecrescentini
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, firstname.lastname@example.org Westfield Rd. Holyoke, MA. 413-536-4855
Wendy Weiss, (Property Owner) term expires July 1, email@example.com Fairfield Avenue, Holyoke, MA.
Susan Woods, Olivia Mausel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fairfield Avenue Local Historical District_registry map
Fairfield Ave Sheet/page and book
Fairfield Avenue Summary Report–fairfieldsummaryreport – GUIDELINES PAGES 24-27
AApplication for EXTERIOR changes ONLY…..must be approved BEFORE permits are issued.
Fairfield application download- being revised Oct. 2016
Nov. Dec. 2016
Location: City Hall Annex Office 100 A (first floor by the elevator)
September, 2016 TBA
October 11, 2016
November 9, 2016
December 14, 2016
January 11, 2017
February 8, 2017
March 8, 2017
April 12, 2017
May 10, 2017
June 14, 2017
The City of Holyoke was awarded a Survey and Planning Grant from the Massachusetts Historical Commission to complete this update of the 1991 Preservation Plan. Matching funds for the project were provided by the Holyoke Office for Community Development through the Community Development Block Grant program. The Office of Planning and Economic Development and the Office of Community Development were jointly responsible for overseeing this project. The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission was retained to complete the report.
The DRAFT document is available for your review and comments. Please make your comments to Debbie Oppermann at 413-322-5655 or email email@example.com.
Download the draft document here
The deadline for this review is Monday, December 19, 2016.
Marcos A. Marrero
Director of Planning & Economic Development
Holyoke City Hall Annex Room 100 A 20 Korean Veterans Plaza Holyoke, MA. 01040 Map
413-322-5634 ext: 5634
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Posted on December 20, 2012 by Olivia