For Immediate Release - June 30, 2011

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, MAYOR HAWKE CUT RIBBON ON DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION PROJECT IN GARDNER

Project creates 25 new jobs, will act as gateway for private investment in City

MassWorks Ribbon Cutting
 

Lieutenant Governor Murray participates in a MassWorks ribbon cutting ceremony, highlighting infrastructure investment in the City of Gardner(Photo Credit: Norm Birenbaum/Lt. Gov's Office).

GARDNER - Thursday, June 30, 2011 - Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today joined Gardner Mayor Mark Hawke, state and local officials, and employees and executives from Lisciotti Development for the grand opening of 354 Main Street, a $2.5 million private redevelopment project that has created 25 new jobs and will encourage economic growth in the area. The Patrick-Murray Administration helped advance this project by awarding a $425,000 MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant to construct a parking lot and retaining wall.

"Our Administration continues to invest in shovel-ready infrastructure improvements that create permanent jobs and encourage private investment in cities and towns across the state," said Lieutenant Governor Murray. "The 354 Main Street project is a prime example of such investment that is helping to support economic growth in Gardner and the region."

"With the expert assistance from Secretary Bialecki's office and the MassWorks Infrastructure Program, the City was able to develop a strategic public/private partnership that redefined one of the main gateways to Gardner. Not only is the final product aesthetically pleasing, but it also creates needed jobs for the area," said Mayor Hawke.

354 Main Street is a $2.5 million redevelopment project consisting of a 13,000 square-foot commercial building that currently has two tenants that employee nearly 30 people. This project kicked-off the Patrick-Murray Administration's "50 in 2010 initiative," a program resulting in more than 50 private construction groundbreakings that leveraged over $1 billion in private investment across the Commonwealth in 2010.

Improvements to the Main Street property helped redevelop a blighted open area by constructing a municipal parking lot and a retaining wall that will allow private development to maximize build-out of the site and encourage additional private investment from businesses in the area. The project also included improving the aesthetics of the entrance into downtown Gardner from Route 2.

"MassWorks has helped give businesses the support they need to expand and invest in the Commonwealth," said Secretary of Housing & Economic Development Greg Bialecki. "Projects like the one here in Gardner demonstrate how the Patrick-Murray Administration's job creation strategy is putting people to work and making Massachusetts strong for the long-term."

"It is always good to see businesses coming into downtown Gardner, and as a Representative and citizen of the city I want to thank Gregg Lisciotti for making this significant investment in our community during such uncertain economic times," said Representative Richard Bastien.

Lisciotti Development Corporation is a privately owned company engaged in the acquisition, development and ownership of real estate. The corporation has successfully developed office buildings, retail centers, industrial parks and residential subdivisions throughout Massachusetts.

"This project is a great example of a successful public-private partnership that will yield future investments and jobs in the City of Gardner," said Gregg Lisciotti of Lisciotti Development Corporation. "I thank the Patrick-Murray Administration for recognizing the value of such an important project that supports the city's economic development plans and future growth."

To learn more about the Patrick-Murray Administration's job growth strategy, and the MassWorks program, visit www.mass.gov/governor.

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