The Preserve Lynch group does not take a stand on whether or not to build new schools, and we cannot know the renovation cost of repurposing this building as a school without a detailed study. Since the building was officially decommissioned it would need to be brought up to all modern codes, unlike other older structures which can be grandfathered in and do not need to meet all present building codes. Additionally, this structure could never host all 1100 middle school students, necessitating a second middle school in the city.
CURRENT STATUS: The city is under a purchase and sale agreement with the Colvest Group for the Lynch School at 1575 Northampton Street for just $250,000. The sale is NOT FINAL until closing. IF THE SALE IS FINALIZED, DEMOLITION could start quickly. Since the building is less than 100 years old, it is NOT PROTECTED as an HISTORIC STRUCTURE under Holyoke's ordinances. The sales contract requires the developer to show timely progress towards redevelopment, but unfortunately the MAYOR selected a developer who is intent on demolition. CITY COUNCIL has APPROVED the sales contract and the zone change to BUSINESS HIGHWAY. This puts Lynch one step closer to DEMOLITION, but the fight is not over! It's more important than ever that residents keep pressing our officials for better representation and a better plan.
The development plan for the former Lynch School property is currently being reviewed by the Planning Board. Colvest, the developer, has pitched a shoppin plaza with a bank and 110 parking spots.
We believe the current plan presents potentially dangerous traffic interactions because of multiple entrances and exits on Easthampton Road. The Holyoke community deserves a better developed plan that doesn’t negatively impact citizen safety or increase traffic.
We also need to push Colvest to provide more green space and not just a sea of asphalt like their Rite Aid Plaza. Their current plan for he Lynch site calls for 110 parking spots when 75 would be industry standard for their project according to the Holyoke Planning Department.
We are hoping for a project that will be respectful of our community and reflect our dreams for an accessible and walkable neighborhood that will attract desirable businesses and encourage ongoing investments.
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At this moment the Planning Board is reviewing Colvest’s traffic and property development plan. The Planning Board is not hearing arguments for any other potential uses of the site, since the site has been sold to Colvest. They are only hearing arguments on whether Colvest’s presented plan to build a bank and retail space is safe and viable for the community.
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Donate to the Holyoke Preservation Trust: Send checks to 92 Race St, Holyoke, MA 01040. Make checks payable to Holyoke Preservation Trust but indicate on the memo line "for Preserve Lynch School"
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