community preservation act

Adam Hinds celebrates his election to the Massachusetts State Senate Tuesday night in Pittsfield.
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Voters in western Massachusetts are sticking with Democrats in the State House. Adam Hinds cruised to victory in the race to replace retiring Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing. Hinds, a Democrat, beat Republican Christine Canning by a roughly 70 to 30 split.

Voters in three western Massachusetts cities Pittsfield, Springfield, and Holyoke will decide in a few weeks whether to adopt the Community Preservation Act.

“Yes for a Better Holyoke” is the campaign advocating for passage of the referendum that will appear as question 5 on the ballot in Holyoke.  

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Jason Ferreira, the spokesman for the group.

The Masonic Temple on South St. is among the more than 25 buildings identified as endangered and of value to Pittsfield.
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The Pittsfield Historical Commission has identified more than 25 buildings with historic and community significance deemed to be endangered.

      A political advocacy group has registered in Massachusetts to campaign for passage of a property tax increase in Springfield to fund historic preservation and parks and playground projects. 

Supporters of the Community Preservation Act see the Springside House as one the properties in Pittsfield that could benefit from the program.
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In November, Pittsfield voters will decide whether the city joins a state preservation program utilized by more than 160 communities.

A citizens group believes the Community Preservation Act could help preserve St. Mary the Morning Star Church on Tyler St. in Pittsfield.
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Come November, Pittsfield will vote on whether to enroll in a program designed to preserve historic buildings and promote restoration.

A citizens group believes the Community Preservation Act could help preserve St. Mary the Morning Star Church on Tyler St. in Pittsfield.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Come November, Pittsfield could vote on whether to enroll in a program designed to preserve historic buildings and promote restoration.

     Voters in three Massachusetts cities this November will decide whether to authorize a property tax surcharge to finance a local fund that could pay for historic preservation projects, protecting open space, and building affordable housing.

Voters in Springfield this November may be asked to adopt a Massachusetts law that would raise their property taxes to create a local fund for historic preservation projects, protecting open space and supporting affordable housing.

Springfield is considering adopting a Massachusetts law that allows for a property tax surcharge to create a local fund for historic preservation projects, protecting open space, and supporting affordable housing.

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Great Barrington is holding an open house for residents to learn more about the town’s first ever community preservation projects which are up for approval at May’s annual town meeting.

The Governor of Massachusetts has signed an overhaul of the Community Preservation Act, which provides state funding to towns that have adopted the law for open spaces, historic preservation, and affordable housing. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

The changes to the 12-year old Community Preservation Act signed by Governor Deval Patrick this month were included in the state’s fiscal year 2013 budget, signed on July 8th.