(Holyoke, MA) - The Holyoke City Council has voted to let Mayor Alex Morse sell the former Lynch Middle School to a developer for three-quarters-of-a-million. Plans call for demolishing the building to make way for a retail complex at the site just off exit 17. The 9-6 vote means the building won’t be returned to the school department for preschool classrooms. Morse has pledged to work with Superintendent Sergio Paez to find another location to expand early childhood education in the city.
Close to $4 million dollars in state money is being made available to clean up the former Belchertown State School property.
Damon Road will be closed to through traffic for much of the weekend because of a railroad crossing construction project.
A local synagogue is $10-thousand dollars richer today.
A dispute with the Board of Selectmen has triggered the resignation of Rowe's long-time fire chief.