On December 10th the Holyoke Planning board

On December 10th the Holyoke Planning board

On December 10th the Holyoke Planning boardOn December 10th the Holyoke Planning boardOn December 10th the Holyoke Planning board

voted 3 to 2 to reject the horrible Colvest group's traffic plan, this means that, at the moment, the sale of the property is blocked. 

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Hello Holyokers

please know that

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 public school without a detailed study. It's our understanding that the building is solid and a renovation is certainly possible.

This is what's happening

For now please follow the Daily Hampshire Gazette and the Holyoke Sun.


We will offer a detailed update in the next couple of weeks.

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REASONS TO PROMOTE RE-USE:

  • Lynch School is a LANDMARK example of MID-CENTURY MODERN ARCHITECTURE that cannot be replaced.
  • Loss of Lynch School would be an immense CAPITAL (FINANCIAL) LOSS. Value of historic structures INCREASES over time. The value of mall structures DECLINES by 10% each year.
  • DEMOLITION poses a POTENTIAL HEALTH HAZARD due to the DANGERS of ASBESTOS debris and contamination. The asbestos in the external walls of Lynch is not a problem for building reuse but specific to demolition.
  • DEMOLITION increases the carbon footprint of redevelopment by wasting the energy embodied in an existing structure, requiring long-distance transportation of waste materials and their disposal, and necessitating production and transportation of new materials.
  • BRICK AND MORTAR retail in general is IN DECLINE and Holyoke has a SURPLUS of VACANT COMMERCIAL SPACES nearby on Northampton Street and around the city. 
  • This building could be a magnificent school or apartment complex. 

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NEXT STEPS

  

Important Dates

Feb.3rd 2020 4:30 to 5:30 PM

DESE and Great Schools will conduct an open meeting on the future of Holyoke schools

Enlace de Familias (299 Main Street)

Feb.3rd 2020 4:30 to 5:30 PM

DESE and Great Schools will conduct an open meeting on the future of Holyoke schools

Enlace de Familias (299 Main Street)

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