The 2013 MassWorks grants, aligned the state's economic development plan, “Choosing to Compete in the 21st Century,” support housing and commercial growth opportunities that contribute to the long-term strength and sustainability of Massachusetts, with a particular emphasis on projects that support the production of multi-family housing (consistent with the Commonwealth’s 10,000 Multi-Unit Housing Production Goal) in appropriately located mixed-use districts, or that support economic development in weak or distressed areas.
Click here to learn more about the Commonwealth’s 10,000 Multi-unit Housing Production Goal and the state’s tools to support it. MassWorks also gave special consideration to communities that applied for projects where the community has planned ahead for growth by implementing prompt and predictable permitting and zoning that supports the desired growth. To learn more about our Planning Ahead for Growth Program, click here.
MassWorks awards are being announced on a rolling announcement. Stay tuned for more news!
2013 Announcements Made to Date: Worcester ($11 million), Haverhill ($5 million), Lawrence ($894,696), Easton ($1 million), Salem ($1.275 million), Chelsea ($3 million), Revere ($1.5 million), Malden ($3 million), Melrose ($960,000), Pittsfield ($2 million), Attleboro ($3.96 million), Marlborough ($1.6 million), Amesbury ($1.6 million), Brockton ($11 million)
Worcester: The City of Worcester was awarded an $11 million MassWorks grant to support the next phase of development within Worcester's City Square District. The funds will be used to demolish an existing building, remediate the site and prepare it for future construction, including the construction of an underground parking garage. These improvements will support a 150 room hotel and a mixed used residential development with approximately 350 market-rate housing units and 15,000 square feet of retail.
Haverhill: The City of Haverhill was awarded a $5 million grant for the Merrimack Street Renaissance Extension Initiative. The Merrimack Street Renaissance Project is a major redevelopment initiative designed to revitalize several blighted and underutilized parcels along the Merrimack River. The MassWorks award will assist the redevelopment project by improving accessibility to the Merrimack River through the construction of a new boardwalk, parking and the creation of new public spaces. Private development on the site will include a mixed-use development with office, retail and housing. The grant compliments a previous $4M award to the City of Haverhill to support this project and aims to extend the momentum of economic development and employment opportunities generated from the designated Growth District eastward towards the Merrimack Street corridor. The area was identified as a State Priority Development Area in the Merrimack Valley Regional Plan. Click here for the press release and more information.
Lawrence: The City of Lawrence was awarded a $894,696 grant for the Lawrence Higher Education Campus Infrastructure Improvement Project. The MassWorks funded infrastructure will provide the important nexus from the new Northern Essex Community College Allied Health and Technology Center opening in January 2014 to the City’s primary downtown street, Essex Street, and support economic development surrounding the growing urban campus in downtown Lawrence. The infrastructure improvements will include the renovation the Essex Street Connection and additional alley ways which provide critical linkages throughout the downtown and are used on a regular basis by NECC students and faculty. This area of Downtown Lawrence is identified as a Priority Development Area in the Merrimack Valley Regional Plan. Click here for the press release and more information.
Easton: The Town of Easton was awarded a $1 million grant for the Queset Commons Infrastructure Program. Queset Commons is a planned, mixed-use district in the heart of Easton and approved as a 40R Smart Growth District. When complete, the development will include 280 residential units and 116,000 sf of office and retail space. The first 98 units of housing and 22,000 SF of commercial space are fully permitted by the Town. The MassWorks award will provide for the construction of improvements at the Rt. 138 / Rt. 123 intersection providing for improved traffic flow and pedestrian safety at this critical intersection. The Queset Commons 40R District is identified as a Priority Development Area in the South Coast Rail Economic Development and Land Use Corridor Plan. Click here for the press release and more information.
Salem: The City of Salem was awarded $1.275 million to support the improvement of Grove Street from Harmony Grove Road to Goodhue Street. The project will produce a "complete streets" circulation environment with pedestrian and bicycle accommodations. MassWorks funds will be used for construction, environmental remediation, and design. The infrastructure development will directly support the proposed redevelopment of Legacy Park and four other key sites within the North River Canal Corridor.to create a total of 315 housing units. These projects will revitalize this blighted, former industrial area into a mixed-use neighborhood consistent with the goals of the North River Canal Corridor Master Plan. Click here for the press release and more information.
Chelsea: The City of Chelsea was awarded a $3 million grant to support Phase III of the Gateway Center Improvement Project, which will include the replacement of water mains, sewer separation, and roadway and sidewalk repairs. These upgrades will help support the long-term redevelopment efforts in the City’s Urban Renewal District and will support the construction of a new 152-room hotel, a 250,000 square foot corporate center, and the construction of the second phase of the One North housing project, which will include 230 market-rate rental units. This latest grant will complement the $2.5 million the City has received in MassWorks funding since 2011 to support the revitalization of the area. This project is supported by the Metropolitan’s Area Planning Council’s Metrofuture Plan. Click here for the press release and more information
Revere: The City of Revere was awarded a $1.5 million grant to support the Broadway Core Business District Revitalization Project to make infrastructure improvements that will transform the City’s downtown and support small business growth, create jobs, and facilitate the development of new housing units. Among other things, the award will be used to match the City’s current investment in streetscape improvements, including new sidewalks, lighting, and crosswalks. Click here for the press release and more information.
Malden: The City of Malden was awarded a $3 million grant to support the Downtown Revitalization and Transit Reconnection Project. This major project will help reestablish Pleasant Street as the main gateway to the heart of the City’s downtown community and will increase residential and pedestrian access to the Orange Line MBTA station. The project also helps support the City’s goal of creating 500 new housing units in the area and transforming the area into a mixed-use, transit-oriented development. Click here for the press release and more information.
Melrose: The City of Melrose was awarded a $960,000 grant to help support infrastructure improvements near the Highlands commuter rail station, including the reconfiguration of four municipal parking areas, sidewalk reconstruction, enhanced pedestrian lighting and crossings, traffic calming measures, pedestrian amenities, and period lighting. Click here for the press release and more information.
Pittsfield: The City of Pittsfield was awarded a $2 million grant for Phase III of the Streetscape Improvement Project, which began in 2005 and is serving as a catalyst for the redevelopment of the City’s downtown area. This grant complements $13 million in additional state, local and federal dollars spent in the area for revitalization purposes. In 2011, Pittsfield also received a $3.6 million MassWorks grant for improvements and repair to the McKay Street Garage in downtown Pittsfield. Click here for the press release and more information.
Attleboro: The City of Attleboro was awarded a $3.96 million grant to support the revitalization of Attleboro’s downtown area and will be used to construct Riverfront Drive, a 1,930 foot roadway that will connect Wall Street with Olive Street. The new roadway will provide a critical connection between downtown and the new Intermodal Transit Center, improving traffic flow and pedestrian access to the area.The new road will also free up additional land for the development of an estimated 250 new multi-family housing units and approximately 20,000 square feet of commercial space. The City was designated a Brownfields Support Team in 2010 and the site is designated as a Priority Development Area in the South Coast Rail Economic Development and Land Use Corridor Plan. Click here for the press release and more information.
Marlborough: The City of Marlborough was awarded a $1.6 million grant to support roadway, bicycle and pedestrian improvements along Simarano Drive in Marlborough’s Southwest Quadrant. The area is continuing to grow with companies such as TJX Companies Inc. and Quest Diagnostics expanding in the area. These critical infrastructure improvements will support additional housing units, a new hotel and more retail and dining space for residents and workers. The Simarano Drive Area is designated as a Priority Development Area in the 495/Metrowest Compact Study file size 52MB . Click here for the press release and more information.
Amesbury: The City of Amesbury was awarded $1.6 million in additional funding to help support the Lower Millyard Improvement Project in the City’s downtown area. This public infrastructure project is part of an overall effort to spur private investment and development in Amesbury’s Lower Millyard. The City plans to develop the 1.6 acre site into an urban, riverfront park known as Heritage Park. The development will include pedestrian bridge connections to the newly constructed Nicolas Costello Transportation Center and Senior Center, the downtown area, and the rail trail. The final project will also include approximately 289 new units of housing, 30,000 square feet of office space and a multi-story 10,500 square foot commercial property.The Lower Millyard is identified as a Priority Development Area in the Merrimack Valley Regional Plan. Click here for the press release and more information.
Brockton: The City of Brockton was awarded over $11 million in additional funding to help support the redevelopment of Enterprise Block, a centrally located square that will bring growth and opportunity to downtown Brockton. Phase I of the project will consist of a mix of housing and commercial space. The housing portion will feature 113 new housing units, including 71 apartments, 29 of which will be affordable. The remaining 42 units will be live/work space for local artists, featuring an artist gallery and office space on the first floor. The commercial component of Phase I will include the rehabilitation of the now vacant Enterprise Building into 52,000 square-feet of office space. The second phase of development will include 102 new units of housing and a new parking garage to accommodate the increase in tenants. This is scheduled to begin within two years after the completion of Phase I. Enterprise Block is part of the Brockton Growth District, which was designated on March 19, 2013. Click here for the press release and more information.