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Letter: Holy Trinity

wisdom in Baystate Health Systems plan to tear down Holy Trinity School as it sits on North and Beacon streets in Greenfield.

I do understand the thirst for this prime real estate and (probably) less expense than it might fetch in Springfield, Westfield or even Holyoke.

My question is this:

Why would rational people in such an underfunded community as Greenfield want to tear down what may be the best-built school building in Franklin County?

Lore points to Italian stonemasons as being primarily responsible for the construction of the older portions.

True, the wood-framed windows need attention or replacement.

Heating/cooling/electrical systems can be replaced.

The absence of trees on site would seem to make it perfect for a photovoltaic retro fit.

Greenfield’s old brick-and-mortar school buildings contain some real gems, but can any of them hold a candle to Holy Trinity School’s construction?

Today we like to tear down and build new. Re-use, re-cycle and using up what already exists is so old-fashioned! But, perhaps what I heard recently on a BBC radio broadcast is true; that we must go backward to what has worked in order to move forward.

Why wouldn’t the city, known as the Town of Greenfield, want to acquire this plumb piece of real estate so centrally located for the purpose of elementary education? Then it could close and sell off older, expensive school buildings.

Why wouldn’t the former convent make a wonderful administration building, thereby replacing the disastrous and expensive former Davis Street School?

The revenue from the potential sale of that lot should help to offset the Greenfield tax rate.

I am positive there are hundreds of reasons why this idea might be difficult to digest and maneuver, but why not think about this?



I agree this was also part of my letter the editor that ran a couple of months ago in regards to the Mayor looking to buy the First National Bank & Trust building on Bank Row-not to mention Greenfield would have to reimburse the CDC $166,000 they spent to sure up the facade and bring the building up to code and for a Cultural Arts Center? GCC has space for that so will the new HIgh School Why wasn’t the Holy Trinity school property ever considered? It’s got parking, easy access by bus, performance spaces and kitchen facitities. Wouldn’t this have been Ideal for a Cultural Arts Center?

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