For Immediate Release - November 12, 2013

Secretary Bialecki Announces MassWorks Grants for Metro North

BOSTON – Tuesday, November 12, 2013 – Today, Housing and Community Development Secretary Greg Bialecki announced over $8 million in funding for four Metro North communities through the MassWorks Infrastructure Program to help support development and growth in the region. Through strategic investments in housing and economic development projects, the MassWorks Infrastructure Program has helped make communities across the Commonwealth great places to live, work, and play. 

“We remain committed to working with local communities to help identify opportunities to maximize growth and spur regional development,” said Secretary Bialecki. “I look forward to our ongoing partnerships with these communities and private industry leaders to explore additional ways to promote continued growth throughout the community and region.”

Through the MassWorks Infrastructure Program, the Patrick Administration partners with local communities and helps municipalities make targeted investments in infrastructure such as roadways, streetscapes, water, and sewer to facilitate and support new and sustained housing and economic growth throughout the state.

Secretary Bialecki announced funding for the following projects today:

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 funding will complement the $2.5 million the City has received in MassWorks funding since 2011 to support the revitalization of the area.

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 to transform the City’s downtown to support small business growth, create jobs, and facilitate the development of new housing units. The award will help fund the demolition of a former police station to allow for 50 new parking spaces adjacent to City Hall and will be used to match the City’s current investment in streetscape improvements, including new sidewalks, lighting, and crosswalks.

Malden: The City of Malden was awarded a $3 million grant to support the Downtown Revitalization and Transit Reconnection Project. The award will support the City’s downtown redevelopment initiative by funding the demolition of Malden’s outdated City Hall. 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 creation 500 new housing units in the area and the goal of transforming the area into a mixed-use, transit-oriented development.

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.

“I am thankful to the Patrick Administration for making MassWorks investments in Melrose and Malden," said Senator Katherine Clark. “These grants will provide investment in transportation and infrastructure to support more economic growth and revitalization. They are precisely the type of investments we should be making as a Commonwealth: connecting people where the live and where they work to a modern, sustainable and safe public transportation network.”

“This funding will not only help make the necessary infrastructure upgrades to support new construction in the area, but it will also spur economic grown and job-creation for residents in my district,” said Senator Sal DiDomenico.  “I would like to thank the Patrick Administration for continuing to invest in our Gateway Cities, as well as City Manager Jay Ash and our municipal officials for working collaboratively to move Chelsea forward.”

"I am exceptionally pleased with the award of this $1.5 million MassWorks grant to the City of Revere. With this major public investment, we take a giant step forward in once again making Revere’s Broadway central business district a vibrant, lively and attractive place to live, to work, and to access goods and services," said Revere Mayor Daniel Rizzo. "We are grateful to Governor Patrick and Secretary Bialecki for their vote of confidence in our revitalization strategy and we thank our legislative delegation for their unqualified support of our efforts."

Administered by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, the MassWorks Infrastructure Program provides a one-stop shop for municipalities seeking funding to support housing, economic development and job creation and placed a particular emphasis on assisting communities to advance multi-family housing development in the 2013 round. The first competitive MassWorks grant round was held in September 2011 and HED awarded $63.5 million in grants to 42 communities throughout Massachusetts.  In 2012, under the second round of grants, the Administration approved 26 projects worth nearly $38 million.