Projects Supported by the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority
Holyoke Armory Study
This study of the Castle of the Holyoke Armory (the building), the portion that remains standing at 163 Sargeant Street in Holyoke, MA, is intended to be used by representative of the City of Holyoke to determine the future of the building, which is not currently occupiable. The study launched with the purpose of answering the threshold question: What, if any, of the existing building can be reused and at what cost? Following the initial site visit, it became clear that the three historic exterior walls can be reused, but not any of the interior floors, spans, or structure (see Part 2 Existing Conditions). The threshold question was therefore refined: What might be the interest among developers to keep the three walls of the existing building?
South Holyoke Housing Development
This area includes the central portion of the South Holyoke neighborhood around the Morgan School. Recommended actions in the area build off of the recommendations in the South Holyoke Revitalization Strategy prepared with neighborhood input in 2008. Actions include 5 buildings and 18 land acquisitions resulting in redevelopment, new open space, new housing, roadway improvements and neighborhood retail. Mixed use housing and affordable home ownership will be the priority for housing development. To pursue these goals, the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority secured $150,000 of predevelopment funds through the Urban Agenda grant program through the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The HRA contracted with the Holyoke Housing Authority to coordinate the work.