HOLYOKE – In a joint-virtual session, the City Council’s Development and Government Relations Committee and Holyoke Redevelopment Authority examined amending the city’s urban renewal plan while a property owner feared his building would be taken if added to the amended list.
Monday’s session was a continuance of the Sept. 3 public hearing on the matter. John “Jay” Whelihan reopened the hearing on behalf of the Redevelopment Authority.
Ward 3 Councilor David Bartley, who chairs the Development and Government Relations Committee, said the Redevelopment Authority is granted permission to make “minor, non-substantial changes to the urban renewal plan amendments” if the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development deems necessary.
The changes sought by both boards expand the list of properties in the Urban Renewal Plan, many ripe for development, historic designation or other uses. Many of the neighborhoods in the plan have transformed its passage.
Lyman Terrace apartments’ renovations are