For Immediate Release
October 7, 2011
Contact: Peter Miller
STATE ALLOCATES FUNDS FOR HCC ACCESS ROAD
BOSTON- Senator Michael R. Knapik (R-Westfield) and Representative Michael F. Kane (D-Holyoke) announced tonight that a supplemental budget passed by the Legislature this week includes $2.2 million for the construction of an access road from Route 202 to the Holyoke Community College campus. The project, in development since Spring 2001, has faced several environmental and permitting hurdles.
The construction of this access road will also allow the Holyoke Community College Foundation to develop land under its control as a business and office complex alongside the campus. Offering employment opportunities to the College’s students and graduates, this complex is envisioned to serve as a small business incubator and economic engine for the City of Holyoke.
“While I am glad to see some of the traffic issues we have observed on Homestead Avenue be addressed with this additional point of access to the College, I am even more excited at the prospect of new economic growth in the City of Holyoke,” said Representative Kane. “It is essential that we not just prepare students for the workforce, but furthermore create quality job opportunities here in our local economy.”
In 2003, the HCC Foundation and the City of Holyoke were jointly awarded a Public Works Economic Development (PWED) grant for $900,000 for this concept. As permitting progressed, several environmental concerns, including wildlife habitat and wetland delineation, caused a need for project redesign. In the Fall of 2010, the Patrick Administration created the MassWorks Infrastructure Program. This new office provided vital assistance shepherding this project through its final predevelopment hurdles.
“The Administration at Holyoke Community College and the leadership of the HCC Foundation are to be commended for their commitment to this important project,” Knapik said. “I am pleased the Patrick Administration and legislative leadership in both branches has recognized these infrastructure development projects as a priority opening new opportunities for permanent employment and workforce development in our region,” he continued.
"I am most appreciative for the support provided by Representative Kane and Senator Knapik in acquiring these funds for this important project,” HCC President Bill Messner added. “This access road will significantly enhance access to our campus while providing the foundation for further economic development activity for the City of Holyoke,” he concluded.
Officials are aiming for Spring 2011 construction commencement.
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