LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MURRAY TOURS $1.7 MILLION DEDHAM MASSWORKS PROJECT
DEDHAM – Wednesday, August 8, 2012 – Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today joined state and local officials to tour the Dedham Square Improvement Project. The project, funded by a $1.7 million MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant, will support future private investment and development in downtown Dedham.
The Patrick-Murray Administration’s MassWorks Infrastructure Program supports local economic development initiatives, housing and job creation by providing the infrastructure to support these important initiatives.
“Our Administration continues to partner with cities and towns to invest in local infrastructure improvements,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. “By working with the Town of Dedham through the MassWorks Infrastructure Program and also partnering with local, state and federal agencies, we are paving the way for future opportunities that will advance economic development in Dedham and support regional economic growth.”
The Dedham Square Improvement Project was awarded a $1.7 million MassWorks Infrastructure Grant for a comprehensive traffic, safety and pedestrian improvement project in Dedham Square. The completed infrastructure project will cost $5.2 million and is scheduled to be complete by November 2013. The project is currently 20 percent complete, on time and on budget, with 23 parking spaces created to date. This has been accomplished while maintaining the use of the Keystone Parking lot and limiting the disturbance to local businesses.
“The MassWorks program is an integral part of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s commitment to improving our infrastructure, creating jobs and spurring economic development in every corner of Massachusetts,” said Greg Bialecki, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development. “This program matches the objectives of our long-term economic development plan, which includes empowering our local and regional economies.”
The public infrastructure project is part of an overall effort to increase private investment and development in the downtown business area. The Town of Dedham is also investing significantly in the project in conjunction with the MassWorks Grant. The town has already spent $450,000 on design and engineering, and has pledged an additional $3.5 million for the construction of the project. The municipally-owned Keystone Lot remains an active 43D Expedited Permitting Site that will be better positioned for economic development opportunities with the completion of this project.
The project is being actively tracked at http://www.dedhamsquareproject.com/.
“The Dedham Square Improvement Project is a great infrastructural investment for the town that will improve traffic operations and public safety,” said Senator Michael Rush. “I commend local and state officials for their partnership and focus on reconstructing a Dedham Square that is attractive to residents, visitors, and businesses.”
“The Dedham Square Improvement Project is truly a public/private partnership at its best," said Representative Paul McMurtry. "The commitment of state and local government, along with the efforts of Dedham Square Circle, the merchants and residents is something we can all be proud of. I am grateful to the Patrick-Murray Administration for supporting the residents of Dedham, as well as, valuing the economic vitality and importance of our historic downtown."
"The MassWorks grant is the single largest grant award in the history of Dedham," said Town Administrator, William G. Keegan, Jr. "It was a critical element in leveraging the additional necessary financial resources and creating the working partnerships across a broad spectrum that came together in support of this project. No one group could have accomplished this alone. Beginning and continuing to this day with grass roots support led by Dedham Square Circle, our non-profit partner dedicated to the revitalization of the Square, we traveled a long path together to this day, but one ultimately well worth traveling. Along the way we solicited input and support from the entire community from local businesses to residents who voted the funding for the overall project at Town Meeting. Norfolk County was an early and key contributor with engineering work. By working together we were able to make the best case possible to the Commonwealth to join us in this major economic investment and improvements to Dedham Square, setting the stage for future growth and retaining its historic character.”
The MassWorks Infrastructure Program, which is overseen by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, held its first competitive grant round in September 2011, consolidating six capital budget programs to give communities a single entry point and one set of requirements for state public infrastructure grants. The consolidation aimed to improve efficiencies and streamline the decision-making process, increase access for municipalities of all sizes and enhance state-regional-local partnerships around economic development and housing production.
During the first grant round, 158 applications requesting more than $400 million in infrastructure grants were received from cities and towns of all sizes and representing every region of the state. In total, HED awarded $63.5 million in grants to 42 communities throughout Massachusetts for public infrastructure projects that began this spring and summer. The annual MassWorks Infrastructure Program application round will be accepting applications from August 27 – September 10, 2012.
To learn more about the MassWorks Infrastructure Program and how it is supporting job growth and long term, sustainable economic development, please visit: www.mass.gov/eohed/infrastructure.