For Immediate Release - October 18, 2017

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Redevelopment Plans for 226 Main Street Building in Brockton

Relocated DUA facility will better serve clients and employees

BROCKTON – Today, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined state and local officials to announce plans for the redevelopment of the 226 Main Street site in downtown Brockton.

The Commonwealth’s Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) will work with the City of Brockton to relocate the Department of Unemployment Assistance’s (DUA) offices, currently housed at 36 Main Street in Brockton, to a new facility at the 226 Main Street site.

“Our administration is committed to supporting the economic and downtown revitalization goals of communities like Brockton, while providing resources to better serve our constituents across state government and the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “A relocated and updated DUA facility will support downtown Brockton, improve working conditions and maximize efficiency for state employees, and improve customer service for the members of the public they assist in their time of need throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.”

“We have been pleased to work closely with Mayor Carpenter and the community to develop a plan for this site that best serves the needs of Brockton, the Commonwealth and its constituents,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “I am thankful for the collaborative work between the city and legislative delegations on the redevelopment of this site, which will assist in downtown Brockton’s revitalization and growth.”

The current facility provides multiple services to DUA claimants including a call center as well as hearing offices. The DUA call center facility in Brockton is one of three in the state and serves claimants and employers across the Commonwealth.

“DCAMM is committed to making sure the Commonwealth’s facilities meet the needs of the citizens our agencies serve, and developing this improved facility in Brockton will ensure Southeastern Massachusetts residents can access DUA’s important services,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Michael J. Heffernan. “Thank you to the DCAMM team, DUA, and the state and local officials who are working to make this project a success.”

“We’re really excited about the potential for this new facility to help us continue to improve customer services for our constituents,” said Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta. “As the Commonwealth’s primary workforce development agency, it’s paramount that our own workforce has the tools and facilities needed to help people deal with unemployment.”

"This investment underscores the partnership between the City and the Baker-Polito administration and shows their confidence in our redevelopment efforts,” said Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter. “Brockton is and will continue to be a regional center for business and government."  

“The Brockton delegation and Mayor Carpenter have been committed to working with Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito to revitalize and improve the City of Champions, “ said Senator Mike Brady. “Thank you to both the Baker administration and Mayor Carpenter for investing in our community and working to bring these funds to our downtown.”

“Through collaboration with the Baker-Polito Administration, the Brockton legislative delegation and the city, we are continuing to make investments in downtown Brockton,” said Representative Claire Cronin. “This project will significantly enhance the entry to our downtown.”

"State funding has been crucial to the revitalization of downtown Brockton,” said Representative Gerry Cassidy. “Through the continued support of the Baker-Polito administration and the collaboration between state and local officials we have been able to make huge strides towards providing more accessible services for residents." 

 

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