1. Community Spotlight: Holyoke | BusinessWest

    Community Spotlight: Holyoke | BusinessWest

    The most significant undertaking is the new, $3.5 million passenger-rail platform being built on Dwight and Main streets. “We broke ground on Dec. 22, and when it is finished in September, it will be the first completed rail platform in Western Mass.,” the mayor said.  The project is a reflection of foresight, because when Morse took office, there were no plans for a commuter-rail stop in Holyoke. “But it was a huge economic-development opportunity, and although there were times when funding was short, we were able to get $4 million in state and federal funds for it through MassWorks ...

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    1. Good things have happened in the last year, and there are a lot of shovels in the ground. People can see things moving forward, which is a sign that the economy in Holyoke is getting better, and we will continue to put more shovels in the ground this year.
    2. We broke ground on Dec. 22, and when it is finished in September, it will be the first completed rail platform in Western Mass..
    3. But it was a huge economic-development opportunity, and although there were times when funding was short, we were able to get $4 million in state and federal funds for it through MassWorks grants; it has been paid for without taking any money from local sources.
    4. The business provides space in which craftspeople work, teach, and hold events. It has become an incubator space for artists.
    5. This is just one of the improvements we've made to catalyze retail businesses along the canal and make our downtown walkable.
    6. The prospect of getting more people to live downtown is exciting, and this is a great example of a public/private partnership.
    7. The conversion of Holyoke Catholic High School will complete that block and bring more life to the neighborhood.
    8. The caveat is that they can only be used for full-service restaurants in the downtown urban-renewal district.
    9. The city and Holyoke Community College recently announced that HCC is moving its entire culinary-hospitality department downtown, and the Steam Building is being considered as one of the potential sites.
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