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Housing Choice Capital Grant and Small Town Capital Grant Awardees

Learn more about the projects that have been awarded Housing Choice grants. there have been two rounds of grants, FY 2019 and FY 2020.

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Grant awardees celebrate the FY 2020 grant announcement with Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito
Grant awardees celebrate the FY 2020 grant announcement with Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito

FY 2020 Housing Choice Community Capital Grants

Billerica, $200,000

The Town of Billerica will undertake the design and construction of new accessible concrete sidewalks along Boston Road from Lowell Street to Alpine Street, connecting 179-units of housing to retail buildings and connecting to existing pedestrian pathways to the North Billerica Commuter Rail Station.”

Boston, $250,000

Boston will install new seating, lighting, vegetation, and granite curbing along the Jackson Square Partners (JSP) Greenway, a pedestrian pathway connecting Amory Avenue to Centre Street.  The JSP Greenway will enhance and connect three housing development projects: 75 Amory Avenue, 25 Amory Street, and 250 Centre Street. These three projects represent more than 190 housing-units, with affordable, middle-income, and market-rate tiers.

Bridgewater, $225,000

This award will enable the completion of Curve Street water line, enabling the addition of 150 homes at the Duxburrow Estates development. This key infrastructure improvement provides this new mixed income neighborhood with water as well as 14 existing homes on Curve street currently served by wells. 

Brockton, $229,000

Brockton will add ADA-compliant pedestrian infrastructure to connect the Campello neighborhood and several proposed development sites, through Keith Park, to the Campello MBTA Commuter Rail Station.  These “first mile/last mile” connections are crucial to enable more housing production near transit.  This Gateway City leads in best practices related to housing production, including 40R districts, Urban Renewal and HDIP. 

Canton, $150,000

Canton will use award funds to undertake preliminary engineering design for the reconstruction part of Neponset Street from Washington Street through Chapman Street, including the Walpole and Neponset Street intersection. These infrastructure improvements will directly support the development of the Paul Revere Heritage Site, a planned 272-unit multi-family transit-oriented development project.

Dracut, $200,000

The Town will preserve an historic schoolhouse by converting it to 9 units of affordable housing with a preference for veterans. This award will fund environmental remediation, engineering, architecture and other upfront eligible costs for the conversion of the Dracut Centre School.  This project recently received state-support through the Community Scale Housing Initiative.

Everett, $250,000

Everett will fund design and engineering costs associated with the "St. Therese" affordable housing redevelopment sponsored by The Neighborhood Developers, Inc. (TND). St. Therese will create 77-units of affordable housing, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) to promote aging-in-community, and build six townhouses for middle-income families for a total of 83 affordable-units.  

Foxborough, $247,000

Foxborough will fund the design of a sewer extension from the future site of 250 new housing units on 16 acres owned by the Foxborough Housing Authority (FHA) at the corner of Walnut Street and Route 140 to the existing sewer main.  Funding will also support the planning and design of transportation improvements at the intersection of Commercial Street (Route 140) at Walnut Street.

Haverhill, $250,000

This award will support the conversion of an unutilized church into a 7-unit affordable homeownership development. The development will create affordable homeownership opportunities through a community-based land trust, with ownership possible for residents at 60% of Area Median Income (AMI). Four new townhouses will be built along 430-432 Washington Street and another six units along Gilbert Avenue.

Hingham, $140,000

This award will enable Hingham to create two units of affordable family housing near transit and commercial activities.  The Town will renovate two 3-bedroom homes recently purchased by the Town’s Affordable Housing Trust and connect the units to public sewer.

Lowell, $225,000

Lowell will undertake a city-wide comprehensive parking study to address recent development, including new housing, UMass Lowell facilities and employment in downtown. The study will focus on solutions for the downtown area, as well as surrounding neighborhoods and the entire city, and include rigorous community/stakeholder input and analysis.

Malden, $225,438

Malden will implement Complete Streets roadway improvements on Dartmouth Street, near the MBTA commuter rail station to increase multi-modal access in the downtown area which has seen the construction of more than 1,000 units of housing in the past five years. The work, part of a five-year Capital Improvement Plan, includes adjustment of utility structures, removing/resetting granite curb, reconstruction of cement concrete sidewalks, driveways, wheelchair ramps and thermoplastic line striping.

Mansfield, $236,880

Mansfield will make improvements to a multipurpose trail from Samoset Avenue along a portion of North Main Street to Old Colony Way, ending at Thomas Street and the pedestrian bridge over Route 106, providing access between new housing and commercial stores to the MBTA commuter rail station.

Medway, $40,000

This award will fund engineering, survey and design work of 2,400 feet of new sidewalk on West Street to provide a walkable connection from the Glen Brook Way development to commercial areas in Medway and Bellingham. Glen Brook Way is the site of an approved Chapter 40B housing development, which will provide 48 rental apartments and 44-units of age-restricted housing. The work includes traffic reconfiguration, new sidewalks, drainage, and crosswalks. 

Methuen, $168,397

Methuen will fund engineering, survey, and design work to upgrade two intersections to conform to ADA/AAB standards in Gaunt Square, a part of the city’s downtown. The project will also reconstruct existing non-compliant sidewalks and wheelchair ramps, construct new ADA/AAB compliant wheelchair ramps and crosswalks where required and install accessible pedestrian traffic signals and detectors with audible tones and/or vibrating surfaces. The project area is near recently completed or planned housing and commercial development.  

Newton, $200,000

Newton will undertake a pre-development feasibility analysis for conversion of the Newton Armory into affordable housing.  This will support the Open for Business transition from state to city ownership.  The consultant team will work with the Planning Department to define project parameters such as costs, historic preservation considerations, hazardous materials, design possibilities, potential unit count, and financing options that will inform a subsequent RFP to select a qualified affordable housing developer to redevelop the Armory. 

Norfolk, $224,000

This award will fund the preparation of a wastewater master plan for Norfolk Center to evaluate the existing wastewater treatment plant for expansion, prepare a wastewater collection system plan, and prepare wastewater master plan. The effort will review the required permitting to leverage unused sewer capacity and potentially extend sewer lines to encourage new development at vacate sites and increased development in areas that have capacity for more density.

Watertown, $200,000 

Watertown will undertake a renovation and park modernization project along a portion of Arsenal Park to enhance the area with visual and pedestrian access from Arsenal Street through Arsenal Yards and publicly accessible open space.  This new gateway entrance and renovation will increase access to recreational space for residents of the 880 new housing units in this area as well as visitors. The enhanced area will also provide a setting for potential pop-up events, include cultural events, music, and theater.

Weymouth, $183,000

This award will fund preliminary engineering design services for reconstruction of Columbian Square to facilitate revitalization, remediate traffic concerns caused by recent housing development in the adjoining Union Point (formerly the Southfield Naval Air Station), and encourage additional growth of mixed-use development in the square.

Worcester, $249,682

The City of Worcester will undertake street improvements to Green Street allowing the city to complete the final infrastructure improvements around the Harding Green mixed-use development. Located on a 1.37-acre parcel, Harding Green is a mixed-used, four-story building with 48 rental units, as well as a first floor diner and public market. The resurfacing and line striping project will enhance safety, economic activity, and quality of life by improving access to neighborhoods and commercial areas, and implement universal design to increase access for all.

 

FY 2020 Housing Choice Small Town Grants

Barre, $100,000

Barre will undertake engineering and design work to meet Complete Streets standards on roads near both Ruggles Lane Elementary School and Quabbin Regional High School campus to improve walkability in the community, and encouraging students to walk to school.

Becket, $92,544

Becket will use funds to renovate an abandoned property to create an affordable housing unit in conjunction with the Attorney General’s Abandoned Housing Initiative.  This unit will be the Town’s first deed restricted affordable housing unit.  The Town crafted a funding package of local CPA monies and two state programs. 

Berlin, $100,000

The Town of Berlin will repave the Town Hall parking lot to improve safety, facilitate water run-off and remove landscaping islands which inhibit plowing efforts.  Town Hall is a community resource accessed by many residents for senior activities and a food pantry making safety improvements a priority for this small town. 

Bolton, $100,000

Bolton will make drainage and flood control improvements in three areas on South Bolton and Spectacle Hill Roads, including near the entrance of a 78-lot subdivision currently under construction. Portions of these roads flood annually causing unsafe travel conditions and road damage near new housing developments.

Buckland, $21,059

Buckland will conduct the Phase II of a Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Survey (SSES) that will enable the town to make improvements to its wastewater treatment facility in order to correct inflow and infiltration problems. 

Manchester-By-The-Sea, $100,000

Manchester will undertake an analysis of options to decommission the existing Wastewater Treatment Plant to allow redevelopment of the site for transit-oriented development that includes housing.  Engineering and consultant services will evaluate options for connecting to the City of Beverly's wastewater collection system or constructing a new pipeline through Beverly to directly connect to South Essex Sewerage District. 

Plympton, $93,000

Plympton will use funds to undertake a feasibility study and develop a Concept Design Plan to guide the planning process for the use of 26 acres of town-owned property in the Center of Plympton, known as "The Town Campus” with the goal to develop a Land-use Plan for existing and recently obtained parcels of town-owned property.

Rochester, $100,000

Rochester will install a lift in the town library to allow ADA access to the lower level. In accordance with the library’s long-term plan, this will open up needed space for library programs and make library operations more efficient by eliminating the need for off-site storage. 

Sherborn, $100,000

This grant will fund the design and construction of a sidewalk to create a safe connection between three multi-family projects to the primary business district of Sherborn.  Sidewalk infrastructure in this rural town is a priority to allow new residents to safely access retail opportunism without a car. 

Wellfleet, $100,000

Wellfleet will use award funds to design a water distribution system for 30 – 40 affordable/community housing on a town owned site and upgrade an existing water main that connects the required redundant water source with the balance of the system.  The proposed housing units will address the shortage of year-round housing in the community, but will require a larger water main to provide hydraulic pressure necessary to meet DEP requirements for secondary or redundant water sources.

FY 2019 - Housing Choice Capital Grants

On October 11, 2018, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $4,000,000 in Housing Choice Community Grants to 19 communities.  These grants were exclusively available to the 69 Housing Choice Communities that were designated in May 2018 due to their substantial housing production and best practices that are promoting housing.

Acton, $165,000

This award will fund design and construction of improvements for 45 units of affordable housing owned by the Acton Housing Authority. Sidewalks, roads, and parking area are 30 years old and in need of replacement, extension of sidewalk areas and ADA/MAAB compliant features such as ramps and tactile landings.

Amherst, $190,000

The town will install 360 feet of 5-foot-wide sidewalk along East Pleasant Street between Village Park Road and Olympia Drive. The new sidewalk will replace an established foot path with an accessible walk that connects to local bus stops and the town center sidewalk system. The project will construct two road crossings with accessible curb cuts and crosswalks, dedicated bus pull offs with shelter and bike racks.

Barnstable, $250,000

This capital project will supplement a planned and funded upgrade to sewer infrastructure within Downtown Hyannis’ Growth Incentive Zone. Together, comprehensive improvements to the infrastructure will substantially increase the system’s capacity, safety and function. The Pleasant Street Sewer project will upgrade the existing sewer infrastructure located under Pleasant Street in Hyannis to accommodate current and future growth within the sewer service area. 

Beverly, $150,000

The grant will enable the city to conduct feasibility, design, and engineering work to transform the Beverly Depot Train Station area into a Multi-Modal Mobility Hub to consolidate and enhance transportation options for residents.

Chelmsford, $225,000

The project will fund survey, design and wetlands permitting for the construction of 3,400-feet of granite curbing, new sidewalk and associated minor roadway widening and drainage improvements along a portion of Turnpike Road from Warren Ave. to Billerica Road. The improvements will connect an existing sidewalk network for the nearby school, the town center and the regional bike trail, to a recently approved 168 unit multi-family development, an existing densely developed residential neighborhood and several potential future housing projects. 

Easthampton, $225,000

Funding will enable the expansion of a recently implemented bike share program in five nearby municipalities. The project includes design and construction of five bike share locations within the city and deploy approximately 36 new electric assist bike share bicycles. The funding will allow the city to become a member of the existing five town consortium and the regional Valley Bike Share Program. The grant covers the full cost of all construction, docking equipment, bicycles, and wayfinding.

Easton$225,000

Funding covers design and engineering plans for Phase II of the Five Corners Sewer project which will extend the sewer further into Easton, serving commercial and residential properties, and benefit ongoing and planned housing growth.

Framingham, $250,000

Grant funds will evaluate, design, and implement the replacement and/or upgrade of the stormwater drainage system in the vicinity of Kendall Street, Freeman Street, Frederick Street, and Howard Street.  The city’s Stormwater Master Plan identifies this area as being at high risk, and the new design will increase capacity. The project is in the vicinity of the first Transit-Oriented Development housing project in the downtown, and will benefit this project and other planned growth.

Lawrence, $206,500   

The grant fills a funding gap for the Phase II O'Connell Park Renovation project. The park currently benefits residents in this densely populated neighborhood and improvements will provide users of all ages and abilities with green space and a safe space for healthy activity, socialization and community events. This will provide a diverse range of park amenities that will increase healthy and active living behaviors among residents. Park improvements include: path realignment and reconstruction to meet ADA compliance and correct safety hazards, construction of multi-purpose courts and volleyball courts, and replacement of outdated playground equipment with an all-abilities playground. 

Littleton, $250,000

This award will enable the complete replacement of the Littleton Fire Department's self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) for all seated positions within their fleet of fire apparatus. The SCBA cylinders for the Littleton Fire Department will be 15 years old in 2019.  During our last test in April 2018, the testing service confirmed that they have reached their useful life.

Melrose, $168,000

The City of Melrose will use the grant to make safety and accessibility improvements, including ADA accessibility upgrades to Cherry Street, an important east-west thoroughfare in Melrose.  Cherry Street provides a major connection between the Main Street downtown and business area and points west, especially for the elderly population living in and around the new assisted living facility on Essex Street.

Northampton. $225,300

Grant funds will repave Pleasant Street, nearby downtown streets and repair sidewalks, as part of the city's Complete Streets/Vision Zero efforts. The city redeveloped Pleasant Street as a complete street in 2017, adding sidewalks, curb extensions, cycle tracks, and a raised intersection. This was done to make the street more pedestrian and bicycle friendly and in line with the Vision Zero goal, where no pedestrian or bicycle fatalities are acceptable. 

Provincetown, $250,000

The grant will create two new ADA accessible units at Harbor Hill in Provincetown. The Town of Provincetown acquired the property, a 26 unit condominium development formerly operated as a timeshare development.  The town appropriated $10 million towards the acquisition and renovation of this development to provide quality affordable year-round rental housing to middle income households in Provincetown.

Quincy, $250,000

Grant funds will create three fully-accessible housing units in an existing public housing development owned by the Quincy Housing Authority through the Sawyer Tower Accessible Units Conversion project.  The project will bring the total number of units in the development from 150 to 153. Funds from the Housing Choice Capital Grant Program will cover construction and development costs associated with the project. 

Reading, $50,000

Funding will allow Reading to undertake a community visioning process for a priority redevelopment area known as the New Crossing Road Redevelopment District. The area’s potential has been identified by the town, and a consultant will be hired to evaluate the district including in regards to infrastructure needs, market trends, existing property, potential necessary zoning changes, wetlands issues, development potential, and more to best leverage the existing asset.

Salisbury, $225,000

The town will use grant funding to finish renovations at Partridge Brook Park, including a concession stand, irrigation, playground, and security cameras, to benefit new residents and the town’s increased housing stock. This high priority project was identified in the town’s Open Space and Recreation Plan 2013-2016, the Board of Selectmen Prioritization Plan for 2018 and the DPW Capital Improvement Plan. 

Somerville, $200,000

Grant funds will advance the city's existing preliminary design studies and prepare full construction documents for the Gilman Square Streetscape & Intersection Reconstruction Project. The project will slow automobile traffic through Gilman Square, help to connect the new Green Line light-rail station with the Square, allow development of new civic green spaces in to support, and produce two new development sites in Gilman Square. This project will further the city's goals of adding 125 acres of new green space city-wide by 2030 and of developing new affordable housing adjacent to the new Green Line station.

Taunton, $245,200

Grant funding will create new amenities at the Liberty & Union Plaza Park in downtown Taunton dedicated to Richard DeWert, a Korean War hero from Taunton who was Killed in Action. This project implements recommendations in the Downtown Taunton District Master Plan, funded by MassDevelopment, which provided concepts for park renovations.  The park rehabilitation will reactivate the space in the most efficient, safe, and maintainable way possible. 

Williamstown, $250,000

The grant will pay for necessary dispatch equipment and installation at a new, $5 million police facility, funded by the town. New dispatch equipment will include antenna systems at the new site and relay improvements back to additional controls that will remain at Williamstown's Town Hall. 

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FY 2019 - Housing Choice Small Town Grants

The Baker-Polito Administration is announcing 12 Housing Choice Initiative Small Town Capital Grants totaling $984,864. These grants were available to all towns with a 2016 population under 7,000.  The maximum grant amount is $100,000. 

Here is the list of Projects that were funded: 

Boylston, $83,500

This award will fund a traffic engineering study for the Route 140/Sewall Street intersection. This project will consider reconfiguring the layout for better traffic flows associated with the proposed development of 66 units of apartments affecting the North Sewall Street intersection, a recently approved 30-unit Senior Residential Development on South Sewall Street, and a 57 lot subdivision that is nearing completion. 

Clarksburg, $21,500

Grant funding will enable improvements to the Broggsville Water District, which serves 68 housing-units. Improvements will include the purchase and installation of a master meter, onsite generator, propane tank, and a raw water tap/spigot for raw water testing prior to treatment. The Town has an interested business looking to locate in Clarksburg at the former Strong-Hewat Mill Complex which requires a dependable source of water, and these improvements will benefit future growth in the area.

Eastham, $100,000

The grant will support construction and installation of water lines and related infrastructure associated with construction of the Campbell-Purcell affordable housing development which is a 65-unit multifamily rental development that caters to a range of incomes for families and seniors.  The project has a variety of state and local funding sources.  Of the 65-units in the community, 50-units will serve individuals and families earning up to 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) and 15 will serve as workforce housing for individuals and families earning up to 120% of AMI. Seven units will be designated for formerly homeless individuals and three units will be reserved for Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities. 

Egremont, $100,000

The town will use these funds for road construction and related infrastructure to create four affordable units with the non-profit Construct, Inc. Two houses are being donated by a developer in neighboring town, and will be placed on town-owned land and converted into two duplexes, resulting in four affordable, deed-restricted units. These will be the first affordable homes on the town’s Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI).

Great Barrington, $100,000

This grant will fund the rehabilitation of streets in the core of its downtown and fill a budget gap in the long-planned downtown street improvements project, funded in part by a 2015 MassWorks Infrastructure Program award. The streets included in the project are Bridge Street, School Street, Church Street, Bentley Avenue, and the "Taconic" parking lot in the downtown. The area is central to more than $110 million in investment in mixed-use developments supporting over 100 multifamily housing-units and 160,000 square-feet of commercial space.

Hadley, $95,000

The project meets an urgent need to replace a leaking water line that services 75-units of mixed income housing at the Mountain View Apartments. The service line is connected to the Hadley public water supply system and developed a break, which now leaks an estimated 20,000 gallons of water daily. The repair will involve directional boring of new pipe and connecting the new pipe to the public water system and the remaining private service line, and abandoning the damaged pipe in place.

Leverett, $100,000

The grant will provide design and engineering of a new public water line connecting to a public water source for five houses that are downgradient of the closed and capped Leverett Landfill. This is the first step to provide a permanent solution to this longer term public health and housing problem. Quarterly testing of untreated domestic well water, as required by DEP as part of the landfill closure, shows detectable volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other contaminants, primarily iron and manganese, in the private well water at these houses.  

Mattapoisett, $88,426

The grant will allow the Mattapoisett Housing Authority to purchase and install a complete backup generator for a 53-unit apartment complex owned by the Housing Authority which serves low income senior citizens and adults with special needs. These apartments are roughly 45 years old and heated with electric heat. Over the course of the past dozen or so years both during the winter and summer the complex goes without out power for days due to hurricane conditions or severe winter storms, causing long term power outages. 

Mendon, $26,500

The grant will fund a site readiness study and public water supply analysis on a town-owned parcel with 3 acers of developable land, which might support 40 to 50 units of new housing. The town purchased the parcel with Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds with the intention of seeking developers for an affordable housing development. The analysis should increase the project's likelihood of success and make it more attractive to potential developers.

Merrimac, $100,000

This project will solve a water infrastructure problem for the town through the construction of replacement water mains on public property connecting 11 homes to a newly installed booster pump. The town will substantially improve fire safety, water quality, and water pressure issues that currently affect these homes.

Sunderland, $71,438

Funds will be used for analysis, streetscape design and cost estimates for the School Street ADA Improvements & Infrastructure Design Project and the design and construction of a manhole on School Street. This project will implement a portion of the town’s Complete Streets Prioritization Plan and support new residential development near School Street. School Street provides pedestrian, bicycle and auto access between the proposed 33 unit senior affordable housing and the town center.

Tisbury, $98,500

This award will enable the non-profit Island Housing Trust Corporation (IHT) to install and monitor a new wastewater treatment system at the IHT's Greenwood Avenue property where it plans to construct six townhouses for low and moderate income households with permanent affordability restrictions. This project furthers the town's goals of increasing affordable housing and reducing nitrogen from private wastewater systems and the Tashmoo watershed.

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