Holyoke Planning Board votes 4-1 for zone change of former John J. Lynch Middle School

The Colvest Group, a Springfield developer, proposes a 25,000 square-foot retail space, which drew praise or condemnation from residents during several public hearings, including a brief comment period Tuesday evening. The project must gain special permit and other approvals from the City Council before it can proceed. Planning Board member Mimi Panitch, the dissenting vote Tuesday, called the zoning change decision irresponsible. She said she wanted the board to consider the “highest and best use,” and remained troubled by the proposal.

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