Baker-Polito Administration Awards $7.5 Million MassWorks Grant to Greenfield
New 350-space public parking garage will support continued growth in Greenfield’s downtown
Greenfield – October 27, 2016 – Today Governor Charlie Baker announced a $7.5 million MassWorks award for the construction of a new public parking garage in Greenfield, to support continued mixed-use downtown development and investment in the Town’s Bank Row Urban Renewal Area.
“MassWorks infrastructure grants help communities attract private investment, and deliver on their economic development priorities,” said Governor Baker. “Greenfield has made substantial strides in revitalizing its historic downtown, by attracting new storefronts, commercial employers, and residents. This new public parking facility will give Greenfield the capacity it needs to unlock further business growth, and housing development.”
“Our administration’s commitment to cities and towns is reflected in our expanded support of the MassWorks infrastructure program,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “The economic development legislation we signed earlier this year provides a new $500 million authorization for MassWorks, enabling the Commonwealth to partner with cities and towns to make significant new infrastructure investments that create jobs and housing, across Massachusetts.”
The Commonwealth’s $7.5 million infrastructure grant will fund the construction of a new, 350-space public parking garage on Olive Street in Greenfield’s Bank Row Urban Renewal Area. The Town of Greenfield will provide $2.5 million in matching funds. The Olive Street garage will relieve severe parking congestion in Greenfield’s downtown, providing capacity for new commercial and residential growth. The garage will also service the John W. Olver Transit Center, which provides multi-modal transit connections for the upper Pioneer Valley.
“I congratulate Greenfield’s local leadership and legislative delegation for their vision, and for their vigorous advocacy on behalf of their community,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “Here, and across the Commonwealth, we are partnering with municipalities to ensure that local stakeholders have the tools they need to expand economic opportunities.”
“This is a great day for Greenfield and Franklin County,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg. “The parking garage will be a game changer for downtown businesses and the local economy. Three cheers for all those involved in making this happen including state and local officials, the courts, and local business leadership.”
“I am grateful to Secretary Ash and the administration for approving a $7.5 million MassWorks grant for the Greenfield parking garage,” said Representative Paul Mark. “The need for a garage has continued to grow over time as the new Franklin County Courthouse project nears completion, and this grant will supplement local funding to get this long awaited project off the ground. This parking garage will help relieve downtown congestion, make public transportation more accessible, and improve access to government buildings and local businesses.”
“As a community, we are grateful that the Baker-Polito administration has not only recognized an existing economic development barrier but have provided a mechanism to alleviate Greenfield’s parking congestion while facilitating continued growth downtown,” said Mayor William F. Martin. “It is a testament to teamwork that such dedication and dialogue between Governor Baker, Secretary Ash, Sen. Rosenberg and Rep. Mark can evolve to a successful outcome where community, government and residents shall all benefit.”
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 2016 grant round is currently under review.
Each year, the MassWorks program allocates 10 percent of 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.
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’s 2017 capital budget increases funding for the MassWorks Infrastructure Program to $90 million. The administration has increased MassWorks funding by $35 million over the past two fiscal years.