The Flats Community Building

Portuguese American Club, Clube Amor Da Pátria, from 1946 until sold to OneHolyoke CDC in 2018. We assumed stewardship of the building intending to create a community asset for the entire Flats neighborhood. OneHolyoke CDC needs the guidance and active participation of neighbors and supporters who support the goals for the Flats Community Building. We wish to continue the club as a fraternal organization with the mission to empower volunteers to serve the community, solve problems, encourage growth, and promote friendships.

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The Club Revitalization Campaign


OneHolyoke CDC has announced a spring 2024 revitalization campaign for “The Club,” a social and professional meeting space for community residents opened in 2018 by the organization. The campaign will include renovations and the launch of a new program framework, and OneHolyoke is seeking feedback from the community in order to learn how The Club can best serve the community going forward.


OneHolyoke will hold the first public meeting for the project on Sunday, April 28, 12pm, encouraging those from the neighborhood to share their ideas, join the effort and learn about OneHolyoke’s process and vision for The Club.


Five years since the opening of The Club, the time has come for OneHolyoke to improve the space, make needed renovations, and launch a new program framework that will help maintain the facility’s longtime role in empowering local volunteerism and serving the neighborhood as a gathering space, dance and dining hall, a place for celebration and organization.


To begin the revitalization campaign, OneHolyoke is conducting community outreach in order to learn more about what the needs are and how The Club can act as a catalyst for positive change. The first call to action for local residents is to complete a short survey. (Survey Link)

The building will be closed to private rentals from April 1 – June 1, 2024 in order to provide the time and space for conducting upgrades, hosting neighborhood meetings, team building and strategic development.


The Club is located at 43 Canal Street in Holyoke, site of the former “Clube Amor Da Pátria” (Portuguese American Club) since 1946, and was officially opened by OneHolyoke after acquiring it in 2018.


The housing nonprofit, formerly known as the Olde Holyoke Development Corporation, has a mission to provide city residents with affordable housing and safe, attractive neighborhoods. With this objective in mind, the agency purchased the historic property and began the process of transforming it into a social and professional meeting space for Flats residents. Since then it has hosted countless events and activities, but never quite reached its goal.


At the ribbon cutting ceremony in 2019 Executive Director Michael Moriarty told City officials “We’re getting ready to take it to the next stage and make it the Flats Community Building, with programming and opportunities for being a resource to the entire neighborhood… we want to make it a light gathering space.” That proclamation was made one year before the world was introduced to the Covid pandemic and nearly everything came to a halt.


OneHolyoke CDC encourages all of those that are interested in participating in the revitalizing of The Club to complete the Volunteer Interest Form or reach out to Nayroby Rosa or Jacob Alan Roberts at

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Greening the Gateway Cities – Holyoke

The GGCP Implementation Grant and Partnership Grant awards will facilitate tree planting in 16 Gateway Cities by funding municipalities and non-profit organizations seeking to maximize tree planting in urban residential areas of Gateway Cities to augment tree planting that DCR is actively pursuing within designated planting zones. The GGCP Implementation Grant awardees are:

One Holyoke CDC – $20,000 to disseminate information to residents in One Holyoke CDC properties in the planting zone via door-to-door canvassing, educational events focused on the GGCP, as well as assist with Spanish translation for outreach materials

If you are interested on a tree, Please fill out this Google form or visit the Greening website.

In the map below we show the area where the trees will be planted.

If you live out of that zone, please fill out the Google form anyway as their is funding for outside the planting zone.

Some of the trees already planted.

June 2024

Events from Holyoke organizations that will be offered for the month of June.