Historical Commission

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.

 

Optional responsibilities include:

  • Prepare and distribute publications
  • Make recommendations to the 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:

                            2012- Hampden Park  NRD 

  •             Historic House Plaque Plaque application2013
  •              sample plaque
  •             Historic Tax Credits
  •             Resources for Historic Homes
  •             Demolition Delay information (PDF of ordinance)
  •          Farr House -Demolished in  Jan. 2014 
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Please check the city calendar for monthly agenda. 

 

Meeting are on the first Wednesday of the Month:

Next meeting:  -May 7, 2014

June 4, 2014

July TBA

August TBA

 

 

 

No staff members yet.

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1. Olivia Mausel, Chairperson mauselo@holyoke.org
Term expires Jan 1, 2015
 
2. James Sheehan, Vice Chairperson jmsheehan22@yahoo.com
Term expires Jan 1, 2017
 
3. Vitek Kruta, info@vitekkruta.com
Term expires Feb 1, 2016
 
4. Duncan Mackiewicz, grampad@comcast.net
Term expires Jan 1, 2015
 
5. Joe Reynolds, reynolds.josephp@gmail.com
Term expires 2016
 
6. vacant
7. vacant 
 
Associates Members:
Dan Fitzgerald, dfitzgerald@hcc.edu
Christopher Gauthier, gryphontruro@yahoo.com
Jean Jonker, jjonker@comcast.net
 

Fairfield Avenue Local Historic District Commission

 

Chapter 18 (Article III sec. 18-95)

general overview 

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.

 

Matthew Chenier (property owner) - term expires Jul. 1, 2016

Olivia Mausel (mayoral choice) - term expires Jul. 1, 2016

Peter Papineau (architect) - term expires Jul. 1, 2015

Sandra Parent - term expires Jul. 1, 2014

Beth Strycharz - term expires Jul. 1, 2015

James Sutter - term expires Jul. 1, 2014

Wendy Weiss - term expires Jul. 1, 2014

                 

                             

 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 Historic District_registry map 

Fairfield Ave Sheet/page and book

 Proposed Polish Heritage Local Historic District Preliminary Study Report- June 2013

Holyoke Historic districts & proposed Polish Heritage district map

download application for EXTERIOR changes ONLY…..MUST BE APPROVED BEFORE CONTRACTORS BEGIN………. PERMITS WILL NOT BE GRANTED UNTIL APPROVAL FROM FAIRFIELD COMMISSION

2013–2014 Fairfield application download

 

FAIRFIELD AVENUE MINUTES

 

 

 

Next meeting: 

May 14, 2014

June 11, 2014

July, Aug. TBA

 

 

 

 

4th Public Hearing ~ proposed Polish Heritage Local Historic District 

March 20,2014   6:00

final report in process…………….coming soon

exec summary timeline

Polish WWI background

Polish WWIa ’Polish Avenue’

 

Office Address

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


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