For Immediate Release - October 27, 2010

PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES MASSWORKS INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT FOR CHELSEA DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

MassWorks Grants Create Local Jobs, Boost Economic Recovery Statewide

CHELSEA- Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - Continuing the Patrick-Murray Administration's commitment to supporting new economic development opportunities and strengthening our communities, Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray today joined state and local officials to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for the One Webster Avenue mixed-use development in Chelsea, and announce a $500,000 MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant for public infrastructure improvements that will support the project's development.

"From day one we have been focused on managing state funds efficiently, and the consolidation of these infrastructure grants allows us to make timely investments in communities, putting people to work and continuing to improve our economy," said Governor Deval Patrick.

The MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant announced today, along with funding from the City of Chelsea, will be used to make roadway and sidewalk improvements to enhance the public spaces and the commercial component of the project along Eastern Avenue. The project is expected to create more than 100 construction jobs and is slated for completion in fall 2011. These public infrastructure upgrades will help support the development of One Webster Avenue, a mixed-use development that will create 120-units of market rate rental housing and commercial space.

"Today's announced funding through the MassWorks grant program supports an outstanding project that will make this development a pedestrian friendly and inviting part of the Chelsea community," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. "We are pleased to partner with the City of Chelsea to help move this project forward."

The Patrick-Murray Administration this year launched the MassWorks Infrastructure Program as a one-stop shop for municipalities seeking public infrastructure funding. The program consolidates six existing infrastructure programs, each aimed at supporting job creation and economic development, to provide increased efficiency, service, and communication when cities and towns apply for infrastructure grants and resources. This approach has reduced duplication, improved accountability, and provided for the most effective management of state resources.

"This groundbreaking highlights the continued commitment of the city and state to promote economic growth in the City of Chelsea and ensures that it continues to be a welcoming and vibrant place for both residents and the business community," said Senator Sal DiDomenico.

"The development of One Webster Avenue will create jobs and replace abandoned buildings with housing. This is the latest collaborative effort between the Patrick/Murray Administration, the Legislature and the City of Chelsea and I am proud to be part of and supportive of these efforts to create and improve our neighborhoods", said State Representative Eugene L. O'Flaherty.

Representative Reinstein commented, "I commend the city of Chelsea for really utilizing creative and innovative methods to continue to move toward great economic development and prosperity despite the current economic climate." Reinstein continued, "This grant is another example of the city seizing opportunities to create jobs, improve the community and increase revenue. I look forward to watching the One Webster Project continue toward fruition."

The MassWorks Infrastructure Program consolidates six grant programs: Public Works Economic Development Grant (PWED), Community Development Action Grant (CDAG), Growth District Initiative (GDI) Grant, Massachusetts Opportunity Relocation and Expansion Program (MORE), Small Town Rural Assistance Program (STRAP) and the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Grant Program.

Learn more about the newly created MassWorks Infrastructure Program, a one-stop shop for municipalities seeking public infrastructure funding to support job growth and long term, sustainable economic development at www.mass.gov/eohed/infrastructure.

Learn more about how the Patrick-Murray Administration's agenda has led Massachusetts out of a global recession faster and stronger than the rest of the nation here.

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