Holyoke reducing blight by using clear plastic boarding on vacant properties

Abandoned, vacant properties required by law to be secured

Photo courtesy Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse's Office

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The City of Holyoke will no longer board up vacant or abandoned property with sheets of plywood.

Photo courtesy Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse’s Office

A new city ordinance now requires vacant properties to be secured with clear polycarbonate boarding, which Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse’s office says will help reduce blight in the city.

Holyoke Fire Chief John Pond says the city’s use of clear boarding on vacant and abandoned properties will also benefit the fire department because it will allow more visibility when it comes to potential fire hazards.

Properties are required by law to be secured in order to reduce the risk of illegal activity.