Section 63 of chapter 23A of the General Laws, as appearing in section 11 of chapter 238 of the acts of 2012, is hereby amended by striking out subsection (a) and inserting in place thereof the following subsection:-
(a) There shall be established within the executive office of housing and economic development a MassWorks infrastructure programto issue public infrastructure grants to municipalities and other public instrumentalities for design, construction, building, land acquisition, rehabilitation, repair and other improvements to publicly-owned infrastructure including, but not limited to, sewers, utility extensions, streets, roads, curb-cuts, parking, water treatment systems, telecommunications systems, transit improvements and pedestrian and bicycle ways. The program shall also provide for commercial and residential transportation and infrastructure development, improvements and various capital investment projects under the growth districts initiative administered by the executive office of housing and economic development. The grants shall be used to assist municipalities in advancing projects that support job creation and expansion, housing development and rehabilitation, community development, and small town transportation projects authorized pursuant to subsection (e); provided, however, that preference shall be given to projects supporting smart growth initiatives that are consistent with sustainable development practices in the commonwealth. The program may also be used to match other public and private funding sources to build or rehabilitate transit-oriented housing located within 0.25 miles of a commuter rail station, subway station, ferry terminal or bus station, at least 25 per cent of which shall be affordable.