For Immediate Release - December 21, 2009

GOVERNOR PATRICK, CONGRESSMAN DELAHUNT ANNOUNCE $8.1 MILLION IN STIMULUS FUNDS FOR QUINCY CENTER CONCOURSE

Key final piece in downtown Quincy Redevelopment Project

QUINCY - Monday, December 21, 2009 - As part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's Massachusetts Recovery Plan, Governor Deval Patrick today joined Congressman Bill Delahunt in Quincy to announce the key final component of the long-awaited Quincy Center Concourse Downtown redevelopment project is moving forward thanks to $8.1 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds.

The Quincy Center Concourse will make improvements on Revere Road, an east-west connector road that will tie together the Quincy downtown area, long separated by a north-south rail corridor, spurring further redevelopment by separating local traffic from thru traffic.

"This is another great example of putting federal stimulus funds to work on projects that enhance our transportation system and unlock economic development opportunities for today and tomorrow," said Governor Patrick. "Congressman Delahunt is a true partner in our efforts to effectively invest recovery dollars in Quincy and the communities throughout the 10 th Congressional District. This redevelopment promises to connect Quincy's vital downtown, opening the door to the benefits of immediate and long-term job creation and business expansion."

"I am pleased to see the Patrick-Murray Administration direct these federal dollars to such a worthy project," said Congressman Bill Delahunt. "This is the final step in bringing downtown Quincy together from a transportation perspective, and that can only result in added business growth for the City."

The $8.1 million ARRA project is Phase II of the larger three-phase Quincy Concourse project and includes 1,900 feet of roadway reconstruction and realignment, along with demolition of an existing building owned by the City. It will connect on the west side with the Phase I Paul Harold Bridge that provides motorist and pedestrian access over the rail corridor. On the east side of the corridor, this Phase II project will connect with the final Phase of the overall project now under construction by the city. The completed connection will improve access and is expected to attract business investment on both sides of the rail corridor. The project is expected to be advertised in January 2010 with construction beginning in the spring.

This project illustrates the Patrick-Murray Administration's commitment to investing ARRA funds in road and bridge projects that create jobs for today and tomorrow in communities across Massachusetts. The Governor has expedited transportation stimulus spending by compressing construction schedules in order to fix broken roads and bridges quickly and spark long term economic development. At the Governor's direction, MassDOT will obligate all ARRA highway funds by January 31, 2010, more than a month ahead of federal deadlines.

"The new MassDOT Highway Division is committed to moving forward with projects in a timely manner while at the same time working closely with communities and their transportation priorities," said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Jeff Mullan. "This multi-phase Quincy project is a prime example of such collaboration and a clear win for the future of the City."

"New Quincy Center will be the largest job creator and the largest engine for new economic growth in our City's history totaling more than $1 billion in private investment, and the Quincy Center Concourse is absolutely vital to making it happen," said Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch. "Governor Patrick and our entire federal delegation deserve great credit for their focus and hard work on a project that will ultimately create more than 7,000 jobs in Quincy."

"The $8.1M in federal funding is vital to tie in the new phase II work with the redevelopment already in place, and should spur further economic development and interest in the Center, as well as continue to foster short term and long term job growth in the Quincy area," said Senator Michael W. Morrissey.

"The Quincy Center Concourse project is critically important to Quincy's future success," said Representative Ronald Mariano. "Reconstructing McGrath Highway is the first step to achieving a new vision for Quincy Center by creating a pedestrian friendly downtown and easing traffic congestion. Without the concourse, the new Quincy Center would be impossible. I share Mayor Koch and the city planners' commitment to smart community planning and balancing residential, commercial, and retail uses. I also look forward to working with Governor Patrick and local officials on the next phase of Quincy Center's revitalization."

"This investment is crucial to the revitalization of Quincy Center," Representative A. Stephen Tobin. "I am proud to stand with Governor Patrick and my colleagues at all levels of government in supporting this project."

Infrastructure investments are critical components of Governor Patrick's , which combines state, federal and, where possible, private efforts to provide immediate and long-term relief and position the Commonwealth for recovery in the following ways:

  • Deliver immediate relief by investing in the road, bridge and rail projects that put people to work today and providing safety net services that sustain people who are especially vulnerable during an economic crisis;

  • Build a better tomorrow through education and infrastructure investments that strengthen our economic competitiveness, prepare workers for the jobs of the future and support clean energy, broadband and technology projects that cut costs while growing the economy; and

  • Reform state government by eliminating the pension and ethics loopholes that discredit the work of government and revitalize the transportation networks that have suffered from decades of neglect and inaction.

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