HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Built more than 70 years ago, Lyman Terrace is actually the oldest public housing complex in the country. On Tuesday, city officials broke ground for the Lyman Terrace rehabilitation project, which will be paid for by a $4 million state grant.
The grant money will pay for upgrades to the streets, sidewalks and underground sewer connections. Once construction begins, crews will renovate the interior and exterior of the 18-building complex located on Hampden, John and Lyman Streets.
Mayor Alex Morse said they’ve been planning to renovate the property since he first took office in 2012. The construction will take about two years to complete, and that residents will have to move temporarily during that time. “There will be temporary relocation of Phase 1 residents,” Morse explained, “and once those renovations are done, those residents will come back to their units once they’re complete. ”
The city’s investing $1-million dollars into the project. The rest will be funded by state grants and tax credits.