Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Not in My Backyard!

Residents in Holyoke are clashing with state officials’ plan to allow the building of a parking lot (through the use of a special permit) in some residential areas in order to help businesses. Home owners feel that having a parking lot in their neighborhood would change the neighborhoods’ environment for the worse.

On Wed., August 6, at 6:30 P.M. at City Hall, the City Council Ordinance Committee and the Planning Board held a hearing deciding whether or not the wishes of the business owners or of the home owners will be listened to about building a parking lot in residential areas in Holyoke.

Martha G. Robinson commented that, “Nobody wants to live next to a parking lot… Owners of businesses in residential areas would benefit, but homeowners would see their property values and quality of life bear the brunt of this ordinance.”(

The staff at Gary Rome Auto Group would love to hear your opinion about this issue.

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