Holyoke Farms Apartments groundbreaking ceremony

Hampden County

HOLYOKE, Mass (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker was at the groundbreaking ceremony for the revitalization of the Holyoke Farms Apartments on Thursday.

Once the project is complete, Holyoke Farms Apartments will have 229 new and newly renovated units. This will include 191 affordable units with eight reserved for households earning below 30 percent of the area median income.

The project is supported by grants and financing from the City of Holyoke, MassHousing, and Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Developments. During the groundbreaking, Gov. Baker and Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse met with residents of the Holyoke Farms Apartments.

Gov. Baker told 22News his administration is committed to ending the housing crisis in Massachusetts.

“This is another great example of of a public-private partnership to preserve existing affordable housing and to create new housing for seniors and people with disabilities and we do this fairly often in the commonwealth the problem is we don’t do it enough,” said Gov. Baker.

Gov. Baker hopes to pass a bill to build 125,000 new units by 2025 and thinks the community in Holyoke is a great example of why this bill should be passed.

The project is expected to cost $46 million.

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