Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates $2.4 Million MassWorks Infrastructure Project Completion in Mansfield
Award supports construction of mixed-use, 81-unit transit-oriented housing development
MANSFIELD, MA – September 5, 2017 – Today, Lt. Governor Polito joined Representative Jay Barrows, Acting Town Manager John Stanbrook and local officials to celebrate the completion of the town’s $2.4 million MassWorks infrastructure project for street and sidewalk improvements around the Mansfield MBTA Commuter Rail Station, enhancing pedestrian and vehicle access, leveraging a recent $8 million MBTA investment to ensure the station is Americans with Disabilities Act compliant and supporting the construction of Mansfield One, a new, $15 million, mixed-use, transit-oriented housing development that will bring 81 new housing units and 7,800 square feet of retail space to the region.
“The flexible resources MassWorks provides for pursuing local needs are important to job creation, economic development and growth in our communities,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Today, we are seeing the result of smart, effective local planning in Mansfield, which will spur private investment and new opportunities for transit-oriented housing and employment.”
“As we near our administration’s third MassWorks Infrastructure Program awards round, I am thrilled to join Mansfield’s celebration in their flourishing downtown,”said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “MassWorks gives us the tools to help communities set a vision for their future, and put resources towards making that goal a reality, by pursuing community-driven projects.”
Awarded in 2015, the Mansfield MassWorks project complements ongoing efforts by the town to increase downtown residential and retail opportunities, including the nearby $38 million conversion of a former chocolate factory into a mixed-use development with 140 housing units. These infrastructure improvements also complements other recent state investments in the region, including the expansion of the Norton Rail Trail in Mansfield.
“It is inspiring to see communities embrace their assets and mobilize resources to create new opportunities for economic growth and job creation,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “Mansfield is encouraging substantial mixed-use development, to create a vibrant downtown with new amenities for families and residents, and we are proud to support that effort.”
“Planning and collaboration is the key ingredient in our success in Mansfield and the Tri Town Area. The Baker Polito Administration understands the importance of State Investment throughout Massachusetts,” said Representative Jay Barrows. “They along with Secretary Ash have made good use of State Dollars and the future is bright for our continued success in maintaining a vibrant and growing community for all to live.”
“I am so pleased that Mansfield's hard work to improve the quality of life for its citizens and continue to develop their economic viability has been recognized today and celebrated by having our Lt Governor here to help us with this great achievement,” said Representative Betty Poirier.
“ I was pleased to work with my colleagues in the Mansfield Legislative delegation to see this project through its completion," said Representative Louis Kafka. "This will not only improve the experience for Mansfield train commuters, but it will add to the entire Mansfield community.”
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.
In August 2016, Governor Baker signed An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development (H.4569) to reauthorize MassWorks and support $500 million of future investment in critical infrastructure, a significant commitment by the Commonwealth. The Baker-Polito Administration has increased MassWorks funding by $35 million over the past two fiscal years. Since 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded over $190 million to 90 projects in communities throughout the Commonwealth.