HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Acting Mayor Terry Murphy held a news conference Tuesday to announce the final allocations for the first round of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for projects in Holyoke.
According to a statement released by the Acting Mayor, the conference at 3:30 p.m. was held at Holyoke City Hall, located at 536 Dwight Street in Holyoke.
The announcement comes after a three-month review period. The period included: public input opportunities, presentations, recommendations by multiple government bodies, and discussion at City Council. At the event, Murphy will present his plan to use up $14.9 million of the federal funding. He will also discuss the recent addition of $3.8 million in county ARPA funds allocated to the City of Holyoke under the same program.
“We take care of physical structures that have issues, we take care of revitalizing some neighborhoods,” said Holyoke Acting Mayor Terence Murphy. “This $14.9 million I think is going t make a significant difference.”
During the first round of open applications for uses of the funding, the city received 62 proposals. The proposals totaled around $100 million in requested funds. The City of Holyoke is set to receive a second ARPA payment of $14.9 million in the spring of 2022.