HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The former National Guard building on Sargeant Street in Holyoke is for sale.
The building was built in 1907 for the National Guard and is known as “The Armory.” The City of Holyoke took ownership of the property in 2013 through a tax title taking. It was then transferred to the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority on August 2, 2016. The building partially collapsed in the back in 2016. That section was removed and the front of the structure, which is the most architecturally significant, remains.
The castle structure that remains consists of two stories and a basement on a lot that is approximately 0.44 acres. It is located at 163 Sargeant Street and is zoned as Downtown Residential.
22News spoke with the Mayor and the development specialist for the office of planning economic development on how they want to repurpose this property but also other city owned properties.
“Residential and commercial mixed use is really what the board is looking for,” said Marie Brazeau.
“Putting out these city properties out to bid in the hopes that we can solicit an interested party that would want to purchase the property,” said Holyoke Mayor Joshua Garcia.
The Holyoke Redevelopment Authority is seeking proposals from developers for the purchase and preservation of the historic building. The development proposals of mixed-use, housing and commercial use, will be prioritized.