Rental Property Fire Protection System Incentive Program Text Size
Mayor Alex B. Morse and the Problem Property Group, in partnership with the City of Holyoke Office for Community Development, Fire Department, Building Department, and Olde Holyoke Development Corporation, is offering financial incentives for the installation of fire protection systems to residential rental property owners in Holyoke.
The announcement will be made on Wednesday, April 19th at the National Community Development Week Celebration at the City Hall Auditorium in Holyoke from 8:30 am – 10:30 am.
The Rental Property Fire Protection System Incentive Program will provide a 1:1 matching grant of up to $10,000.00 for the installation of eligible fire protection systems. The program is a special incentive of the existing Rental Neighborhood Improvement Program. To better serve rental property owners and ensure tenant safety, Mayor Morse has earmarked $270,000.00 of the existing Rental Neighborhood Improvement Program fund for fire protection system grants.
“This program was developed with all parties in mind,” states Building Commissioner Damian Cote, “It provides the occupants with the best fire protection system a building can have by getting the alarm directly and immediately to the HFD. It also addresses any concern of the financial impact of the property owners by being voluntary and incentivized. We already have a number of building owners looking to apply the first day the application is made available.”
The Rental Property Fire Protection System Incentive Program targets occupied residential rental properties with 10 or more units housing low and moderate income tenants for the following types of fire protection systems:
-conversion to direct call boxes to the Holyoke Fire Department for existing fire alarm systems;
-installation of complete fire alarm systems where no system exists;
-expansion of fire alarm systems; and
-repairs to make existing systems functional and to meet code.
Chief John Pond thanks Mayor Morse along with the City of Holyoke Problem Property Group for putting together this innovative fire safety program. “The Rental Property Fire Protection Incentive Program will give owners of rental properties the ability to offset costs associated with purchasing and installing radio master box technology.Quick fire department response is key to extinguishing these fires and saving human life.” says Chief Pond.
The Program is funded with Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. The City has offered the Rental Neighborhood Improvement Program for over 25 years providing low interest loans to rental property owners for moderate rehabilitation of rental property.
To ensure long term maintenance of the fire protection systems, the City will record a five year lien on the properties.
The Rental Property Fire Protection System Incentive Program will be administered by Olde Holyoke Development Corporation, overseen by the Office for Community Development with individual proposals approved by the Fire Department and Building Commissioner. The deadline for grant applications is May 30, 2017. Interested parties should contact Olde Holyoke Development Corporation at 413-533-7101 for additional information.
Mayor Morse states “This incentive is a direct result of City departments working together to address recent concerns with fire safety in Holyoke’s older densely populated housing stock. I am proud that the Problem Property Group, our City staff and our non-profit partner are creative and responsive to community needs. This incentive is consistent with my commitment to ensuring safe and decent housing for all residents. Rental property owners are encouraged to submit their applications.”
Posted on April 20, 2017 by cityadmin