U.S. Senator Markey turning Holyoke into arts & science center

Holyoke Mayor Morse and U.S. Senator Ed Markey meet on Race St. to tour improvements

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Holyoke is working to become a center of arts and science, with the help of high powered support from Washington D.C.

U.S. Senator Ed Markey is working with Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse to improve Holyoke’s downtown. They discussed partnerships, economic development initiatives, and broadband access in Western Massachusetts.

“This is a great opportunity for us to showcase the progress we’ve made here in the Innovation District,” says Hoyloke Myor Alex Morse.

Old paper mills are becoming bistros on Race Street.  An abandoned building will be a culinary center for Holyoke Community College.  A high performance computing center is already up and running. The mayor wants to turn every vacant building into a center for technology and entertainment.

Mayor Morse and Senator Markey used 2 key words to describe the innovation district: renovate and revitalize. It’s all about improving the quality of life here downtown.

U.S. Senator Ed Markey described Holyoke’s Innovation District to 22News, saying, “It’s got this perfect combination of arts and science that I think it going to give it a brand new, shiny face for the 21st century.”

Mayor Morse says the city is working on developing and constructing 450 new housing units, one-fifth of their 20-year new housing goal. Holyoke’s already received $112 million in private funding.

Mayor Morse is applying for more grants to continue construction.

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