This process is by no means over yet, but Lowe's did get approval from the Planning Board last night for a zoning change. However it was not without resistance from former city councilor Helen Norris.
I'm not sure what Helen's argument was. From my own limited experience in small town government it didn't make any sense, and her disruption would have been considered out of order.
In much less time than it took Helen to object, the Planning Board had a vote, and accepted the zoning change. The Board quickly moved on to other business, and almost everyone in attendance got up and left.
The process now continues with the City Council, planning meetings, traffic remediation plans, and all that fun.
My Two Cents: I don't oppose Lowe's coming to Holyoke. Big box or not, they have the right to be here. I just wish they found space in Kmart plaza, or that dead mall where the charter school is now.
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