Holyoke Church Won't Be Demolished

The Massachusetts Building Code  Appeals Board is rejecting a request by the Roman Catholic Diocese of  Springfield to have the Mater Dolorosa church in Holyoke demolished.   

The diocese had argued that the 116-year-old church is structurally  unsound, but the board disagreed in its ruling issued last month,  criticizing church the diocese for not wanting to pay for maintenance  and upkeep.  

Holyoke's historical commission had previously issued a  stay of demolition to work with the diocese to find alternative  solutions.  

Officials representing the diocese and the city said on  Wednesday they are planning the next steps.

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