Tuesday night, in its first meeting since Mayor Alex Morse announced he will consider casino proposals, the Holyoke, Massachusetts city council primarily focused on the casino debate. But it also unanimously passed a redevelopment plan for the city’s downtown.
The so-called “Center City Plan,” introduced by the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority in September, seeks to revitalize the city’s downtown by upgrading infrastructure and rehabilitating or demolishing blighted properties. City councilor-at-large Rebecca Lisi says the plan is an effort to entice private investment to central Holyoke. She says the plan also divides the downtown into ten zones and assesses what type of development each zone is best suited for.