- Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
- Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces $2.5 Million MassWorks Award for Tyngsborough
Colleen Arons , Communications Director
TYNGSBOROUGH — Today, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined Tyngsborough Town Administrator Matthew Hanson and other local and state officials to announce a $2.5 million MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant for the second phase of the town’s water and sewer main project.
The project will extend 2,800 linear feet of sewer main to support the redevelopment of the former TJ Maxx Plaza on Middlesex Road. The work complements the town’s efforts to increase restaurant space and make Tyngsborough competitive with businesses in adjacent New Hampshire communities.
The water/sewer improvements will also bring public sewer service to 64 parcels in the town’s largest commercial/industrial area on Middlesex Road, and increase fire protection to all parcels along Middlesex Road. This development will ultimately unlock $10.7 million in local funding and $24 million in private investment.
“Our Administration is committed to investing in programs like MassWorks, which impact not only local infrastructure, but also play a critical role in strengthening businesses and the communities that surround them,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “MassWorks is one of many administration initiatives that enable local communities to tap into private investment and accelerate local economic growth across the Commonwealth.”
“I am excited to be in Tyngsborough to award $2.5 million in MassWorks funding for water and sewer improvements that will support the redevelopment of this commercial site and help Tyngsborough achieve its goal to create a consumer destination,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “The Governor and I are pleased to continue to make the investments in the public infrastructure our cities and towns need to create sustainable growth.”
“Through the flexibility of MassWorks, we have been able to drive over two million square feet of new commercial space, made possible by listening to individual communities’ needs and by responding with individualized programs that benefit many stakeholders, such as this project in Tyngsborough, which will help the town attract more retailers and restaurants and become more competitive for local and out-of-state business,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “Our office saw another competitive round of MassWorks for 2018 and we are happy to keep the momentum going across the Commonwealth in the year ahead.”
“This MassWorks funding will facilitate and support a significant public-private investment between the Town of Tyngsborough, private developers and landowners, and the State Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. This funding will make our infrastructure improvements more affordable for the business owners as well as the government agencies involved. Without this MassWorks funding, portions of the project would have to be reduced or eliminated,” said Town Administrator Matthew Hanson. “A complete infrastructure plan is a driving component for smart and successful economic development in the Town's business and industrial zones. Tyngsborough thanks the Governor's Office for their strong support of this program and for our project here in Tyngsborough.”
“I am thrilled to join Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito at the announcement of another MassWorks grant for our district. The Baker-Polito team promised they would serve all communities, large and small. They certainly have fulfilled that promise. This $2.5 million grant will bring very essential infrastructure to the area closest to the New Hampshire border allowing Tyngsborough to be even more competitive with their neighbors to the north,” said Representative Colleen Garry.
Since 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded over $275 million in MassWorks grants to support 138 projects in 106 communities. MassWorks funding has been critical to the addition of over 2 million square feet of commercial/retail space, approximately 10,000 full and part time jobs, more than 7,000 immediate housing units, at least 7,000 square feet of new public space and 1,200 new hotel rooms.
Through the 2018 MassWorks round, the Administration will award more than $82 million in new grants for 40 projects that intend to leverage $2.9 billion in private investment, and drive an anticipated 4,000 units of new housing and more than 9,000 full time jobs. 37 communities across the Commonwealth will benefit from this round’s investments.
Governor Baker signed economic development legislation in August that includes substantial new funding for municipalities, including another $250 million for MassWorks awards. The legislation builds on the Baker-Polito Administration’s work to partner with communities to catalyze economic development and create new opportunities for residents across the Commonwealth, including the 2016 Job Creation and Workforce Development act, which authorized $1 billion to support economic development efforts across the state, including $500 million authorization for MassWorks Infrastructure Program, enhanced tools and the introduction of new strategies for job-readiness efforts.
Learn more about MassWorks at mass.gov.