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Chicopee City Council votes to support Holyoke Soldiers’ Home renovations

CHICOPEE – The City Council has become the latest to throw support behind a proposal to expand and renovate the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home after 76 residents died in a COVID-19 outbreak.

The Council voted unanimously last week to endorse a proclamation calling for the rebuilding of the home, so each resident has a private room and bathroom and space is added for an adult daycare.

“I think the veterans’ (home) is a good cause,” City Councilor James Tillotson said. “They certainly ought to take care of Western Massachusetts.”

Tillotson said the state spent nearly $200 million to upgrade and rebuild the Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea in 2017 and it is time to now focus on making improvements to the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home.

Mayor John L. Vieau said he would also sign the resolution, Council President Shane D. Brooks said.

The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs agreed to provide 65% of

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