Friday, August 23, 2013

Appeal Letter to Holyoke First Members; Stance on Wal-Mart

22 August, 2013

Dear Holyoke First Members,

On behalf of the Committee to Elect Rebecca Lisi, I would like to request that you consider supporting my 2013 re-election bid for Holyoke City Council At-Large with a formal endorsement and by making individual financial contributions to my campaign.

During the 2008 Lowe’s controversy I consistently represented the neighborhood’s opposition to the changing the zoning of the sited Whiting Farms Rd. parcel.  In fact, I was one of only four councilors (Lisi, Lopez, Pluta, and Whelihan) to vote against the zone change at our January 6, 2009 city council meeting.  As I stated then, jobs and a robust tax base are the keys to successful economic development.  The development of a Wal-Mart does not contribute to our ability to develop either of these goals and the “by-right,” Business General zoning actually puts us at a disadvantage in negotiating contract benefits for the city compared to where we were years ago when the Lowe’s project was on the table.

Holyoke was founded on and drew its past success from sophisticated urban planning.  Like you, I believe that Holyoke’s future rests in its ability to attract an arts and industrial economic base that will support a downtown revitalization and renaissance.  I have advocated for this course of development since my 2005 city council campaign.  “Big box” development such as Wal-Mart in the Whiting Farms neighborhood directly undermines the progress we have made in welcoming creative projects such as the Victory Theater, the MA Green High Power Computing Center, and the Gateway City Arts to the downtown area.

I hope that you will support my candidacy for another term as the only remaining councilor that has a proven track record for defending the neighborhood’s interests.  The at-large race is very competitive this year and I will certainly need your help.  I look forward to continue working with you all on growing and sustaining Holyoke’s burgeoning arts and industrial presence in Western Massachusetts.

Best regards,

Rebecca Lisi
Holyoke City Councilor At-Large

To donate, please make checks payable to the Committee to Elect Rebecca Lisi and mail to
25 Reservation Rd., Holyoke, MA 01040, or contribute on-line at

Lisi, Rebecca.  Monday, December 8, 2008.  “Holyoke Needs to Engage in Plan for Economic Success.”
Lisi, Rebecca.  Sunday, January 4, 2009.  “Zone-change presents unique opportunity for Holyoke.”


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