This fall, the MA Clean Energy Center selected NP to lead a redevelopment study of the Mt. Tom Power Plant in Holyoke and the Montauk and Brayton Point plants in Somerset, MA. NP will be working with the team of Utile, Noble, Wickersham & Heart, Tighe & Bond and the Consensus Building Institute to develop a set of re-use options for each site. While redevelopment is up to private owners ultimately, the study will provide local decision makers and residents with information and options they can use as the basis for future negotiations with the owners.
The study will focus on two key elements: 1) a fatal flaw analysis that will lay out the development rules of the road for each site, and 2) a community engagement effort where participants can use those rules to imagine new uses for the site that fit with local vision and market demand. NP and its team will work to understand the story of each site, raise the important questions for the communities to consider and bring different perspectives to the table to ensure the options developed are viable. This approach is at the heart of NP’s design principles.
As Thomas Edison once said, “Vision without execution is hallucination.” NP’s job is to make sure that we work with the communities to create options that can be implemented. The study will run through September 2015 so stay tuned to see what those options look like for Holyoke and Somerset.