Residents of Lyman Terrace, a Holyoke housing complex that has long been falling apart, are finally looking towards a new future for their home.
Two years ago there were initial plans simply to demolish the old complex that was built back in the 1930s.
Tenants have been fighting ever since, and Wednesday night they got to speak one-on-one with the people potentially fixing their homes.
Boarded up windows are not an uncommon sight at Lyman Terrace, but this is a community that has been fighting to stay right here in downtown Holyoke.
"We were in a nightmare but we woke up out of that nightmare and we've been struggling these two past years," said President of Lyman Terrace Patricio Mattei.
Residents painted a mural on an abandoned apartment as a reminder of why they didn't give up two years ago when they were first told they would have to live elsewhere and these apartments would be torn down.
"Lyman Terrace is being rebuilt for the children, which is the future of tomorrow," said Luisa Jusino.
For months, Lyman Terrace tenants have been meeting with Holyoke Housing Authority officials to keep the community together.
Wednesday night the residents met with three potential developers and voted on the one they think is the best fit for Lyman Terrace.
"The three groups are proposing a rehabilitation as opposed to demolition and reconstruction," said Executive Director of the Holyoke Housing Authority Matthew Mainville.
Beacon Community Services, Better Homes Inc. and The Community Builders are all vying for the $30 to $35 million project.
"They're offering us the better homes we deserve," Mattei said.
Thursday the housing authority will have formal interviews with the three developers.
They hope to begin securing state funding for the project by the spring of next year.
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