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Holyoke residents discuss city issues in citizens forum

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Residents gathered Wednesday in Holyoke to discuss community issues. Residents gathered Wednesday in Holyoke to discuss community issues.
HOLYOKE, MA (WSHM) - Residents in Holyoke met at Mrs. Mitchell's Kitchen in a plaza on Westfield Road at 6 p.m. Wednesday to discuss various issues at a “citizen's forum.”

Ward 5 Councilor Linda Vacon decided to hold the forum to allow roughly 30 residents in attendance to express their views on issues at hand in the Ward 5 district area along with the general city of Holyoke.

On the agenda were topics regarding homeless hotels, an expansion plan on Whiting Farms Road along with Holyoke Community College's south access road.

Gary Rome spoke to residents about his plans for development at 245 Whiting Farms Road to construct a Hyundai car dealership.

Rome is awaiting zone changes to move forward on the 19-acre property.

“I want to see more business coming here,” Holyoke resident Eunice Hartling said. “We can't keep doing the whole thing. The city hasn't got enough tax payers.”

Residents also discussed crosswalks in the city along with various issues brought up with concern.

“I'd like to see what happened as far as tearing down the Essex House,” Holyoke resident Edward Dupont said. “Why did we take over that building? It was a piece of junk to begin with.”

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