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.” (http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/ 2011/04/holyoke_proposal_to_allow_park.html).

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

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