Baker-Polito Administration Awards MassWorks Funding to Ludlow Mills Riverwalk
The grant will support increased pedestrian safety and historical awareness in a mixed-use, mixed-income development
Ludlow – Tuesday, May 24, 2016 – Today Lt. Governor Karyn Polito announced a $429,500 MassWorks award for the Town of Ludlow to improve pedestrian safety and provide historical signage along the Ludlow Mills Riverwalk. The multi-phased Riverwalk project reconnects the community with the Chicopee River for the first time in 160 years by redeveloping the former Ludlow Manufacturing and Sales Company buildings as residential, commercial, and industrial units.
“We are committed to helping communities invest in their infrastructure to attract private investment and create jobs,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Ludlow’s Riverwalk builds on the community’s history and assets to create an attractive space for residents, businesses, and visitors that will help drive economic development in the area.”
“Community-directed revitalization efforts are the most effective way to support Massachusetts’ cities and towns,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “The collective buy-in on this project, from the streamlined permitting process to Westmass’s commitment to create open public space along the waterfront, was a significant part of our decision to fund the Riverwalk.”
This investment is the first out-of-round MassWorks award granted by the Baker-Polito Administration, and was approved based on its varied funding sources – including $600,000 in matching funds – and its alignment with the Administration’s interest in mixed-use and mixed-income developments that draw private investment and create jobs for Massachusetts residents.
Kenn W. Delude, President of Westmass, reiterated the importance of these grant funds. “These funds will provide the public with pedestrian lighting along the Riverwalk’s route, historic interpretative signage and other site elements so that all who use the Riverwalk will have increased safety and an opportunity to understand the historic significance of the Ludlow Mills,” Delude said. “The Riverwalk provides public open space and links the community to the Chicopee River and to its industrial past.”
The MassWorks Infrastructure Program provides a one stop shop for municipalities and other eligible public entities seeking public infrastructure funding to support housing production, economic development, and job creation through strategic investments in public infrastructure. The 2015 grant round generated 101 applications for more than $245 million in infrastructure requests. The Baker-Polito Administration’s 2017 capital budget increases funding for the MassWorks Infrastructure Program to $90 million. Over the past two fiscal years the Administration has increased MassWorks funding by $35 million.
Each year, the program allocates 10 percent of the awarded funds to assist municipalities with populations of 7,000 or less in completing roadway safety and transportation improvement projects. The MassWorks Program has invested over $357 million across the Commonwealth since the first competitive grant round was held in September 2011.
More information is available at the 2015 MassWorks Award Results page.