Wednesday, February 11, 2015

City of Holyoke, MassCEC and Ninigret Partners to Hold Community Workshop for the Mt. Tom Power Plant Site Reuse Study

The City of Holyoke, in cooperation with The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and Ninigret Partners, invite the public to attend a Community Workshop for the Mt. Tom Power Plant Site Reuse Study. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 11 at 6:00 PM at the Holyoke Senior Center at 291 Pine Street in Holyoke.

MassCEC, the City of Holyoke and Ninigret Partners are undertaking a study of the site of the Mount Tom coal-fired power plant in order to determine community interests to re-purpose the site in a way that maximizes benefits for Holyoke, and to inform all stakeholders how they can effectively engage with each other in influencing the site’s future use. Earlier this fall, the power plant ramped down its operations. This Community Workshop follows the initial kickoff meeting that was held in December.

Attendees will have the opportunity to review the goals and timeline for the study, share what has been learned about the site conditions and constraints, discuss community priorities and interests relevant to the future use of the site, and generate ideas for possible uses grounded in understanding of the site conditions and community priorities.

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is a State public corporation dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies and projects in the Commonwealth—while creating high-quality jobs and long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts. In 2013 MassCEC was directed by State legislation to aid in re-use studies for decommissioned coal-fired power plants in Massachusetts. Earlier this year, MassCEC, in collaboration with the City of Holyoke, issued a Request for Proposals and selection process to identify a consultant team which could provide such professional re-use study. This fall, Ninigret Partners, an economic development consulting firm was selected as the winning proponent. Their team also includes Utile, Inc. for urban design, Noble & Wickersham for legal matters relating to land use and zoning, Tighe & Bond for environmental engineering, and the Consensus Building Institute for community engagement.

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