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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Awards $85 million in MassWorks Grants to Communities Across the Commonwealth

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards $85 million in MassWorks Grants to Communities Across the Commonwealth

Colleen Arons , Communications Director

BOSTON — Today the Baker-Polito Administration completed the 2016 MassWorks Infrastructure Program awards, after making a total of 34 grants to projects in 33 communities across the Commonwealth. MassWorks grants will fund a range of infrastructure improvements that will unlock local economic development priorities, enabling the immediate development of more than 2,200 new multi-family housing units, and generating $1 billion in new private investment.

“MassWorks infrastructure funding is a powerful, flexible tool that helps communities deliver on their economic development priorities,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “By forging strong partnerships between the state, local communities, and the private sector, these MassWorks infrastructure investments will grow the economy, unlock new job growth, and strengthen cities and towns across Massachusetts.”

“These grants will empower cities and towns to drive economic revitalization at the local level,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Municipalities will use MassWorks funds to unlock smart growth housing, improve their downtowns, build walkable neighborhoods, support tourism, and attract large-scale commercial development. The MassWorks Infrastructure Program works, because it embraces a wide array of community-driven economic development projects, supporting locally-driven growth.”

“From Gateway cities to rural communities, MassWorks infrastructure funds are stimulating new growth, attracting $1 billion in new private investment this year,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “The Baker-Polito Administration is dedicated to working collaboratively to deliver growth, in all its forms, in communities of every shape and scale. This year’s MassWorks awards, in thirty-three communities, from North Adams, to Worcester, Salem, and New Bedford, showcase our commitment to promoting strong communities and strong regions, across the Commonwealth.”

“Our capital plan reflects an approach grounded in maintaining and modernizing our existing assets and making targeted investments for the future,” said Secretary for Administration and Finance, Kristen Lepore. “The MassWorks program provides our communities and the Commonwealth with important infrastructure funding to support economic development and job creation.”

The MassWorks Infrastructure Program provides public infrastructure funding to shovel-ready projects that generate new private investment in housing production and job creation. Every year, the program allocates 10 percent of the awarded funds to transportation safety projects in small communities. The 2016 competitive grant round generated 114 applications, requesting $287 million in public infrastructure grant funding.

Since its inception in 2011, the MassWorks Program has invested over $419 million through competitive grant rounds, in 215 projects, throughout the Commonwealth.

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.

2016 MassWorks Award Winners

Adams - Hoosac Valley Service Track Extension Project - $2,600,000

MassWorks funding will allow Adams to extend the Adams Branch rail line of the Hoosac Valley Service Track south, by roughly one mile. The track extension will provide a new, direct link between the downtowns of Adams and North Adams, via tourist train service offered by Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum. The project leverages over $5 million in public matching funds, including $600,000 in equipment provided by MassDOT for this project, and strengthens the Berkshires’ regional tourism economy.

Avon - West Main Street Reconstruction - $965,000

Avon will reconstruct West Main Street, a major inter-community connector roadway that serves the surrounding communities of Randolph, Holbrook, and Brockton. This road safety project will complement recent water and utility upgrades.

Boston - Jackson Square Infrastructure Improvements - $3,400,000

Boston will make a number of public infrastructure improvements around the Jackson Square MBTA station, including new pedestrian walkways and bike paths linked to the Orange Line station, a new public road, sewer line improvements, and a new 3,000 square foot community plaza. MassWorks infrastructure improvements will unlock Phase III of the Jackson Square redevelopment project, allowing Jackson Square Partners LLC to invest $62.6 million in the construction of two new mixed-income housing properties. The private development project will create 144 new housing units, including 72 affordable apartments, and 2,400 square feet of retail space.

Brockton - Downtown Parking Improvements - $10,000,000

Brockton’s $10,000,000 MassWorks grant will unlock the second phase of the city’s Enterprise Block development, by funding the construction of a new municipal parking garage. The new 474-space municipal garage will allow for the immediate development of 111 new housing units, and create new capacity for further investment in Brockton’s downtown. The Enterprise Block is a transit-oriented housing development developed by Trinity Financial, and permitted under the state’s Chapter 40R smart growth housing incentive program. The redevelopment of Brockton’s Enterprise Block advances the vision of the city’s Transformative Development district. The downtown parking upgrades complement downtown streetscape improvements funded through a 2015 MassWorks grant.

Charlemont - Town Bridge Repair Project - $949,000

Charlemont will use MassWorks funding to make critical repairs to three of the Town’s 46 bridges. This rural road safety project will address weight-rating limitations, allowing for greater commercial traffic circulation and improving emergency vehicle access. The project is regionally significant to the Towns of Heath and Rowe.

Chelmsford - Cushing Place Improvements - $370,000

Chelmsford’s $370,000 MassWorks project will construct a portion of the Beaver Brook Walk, build a pocket park, and provide public parking and landscaping along the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail. The public infrastructure improvements will unlock $15 million in private investment in the Grist Mill Apartments, a 54-unit market-rate rental project in the Town’s Center Village Overlay District.

Chelsea - Gateway Center Infrastructure Improvement Project - $2,000,000

The $2,000,000 MassWorks grant to the City of Chelsea will fund Phase 5 of the Gateway Center Infrastructure Improvement Project, addressing water, roadway, and streetscape infrastructure deficiencies throughout the City’s Everett Avenue Urban Renewal Area. MassWorks funds will rehabilitate surface and subsurface infrastructure bordering the Chelsea Lofts, a fully-permitted, 692-unit mixed-use development. The Chelsea Lofts development will transform a vacant industrial parcel less than one-quarter mile from the future Silver Line Gateway, and generate $200,000,000 in private investment.

Chesterfield - Smith Road Improvements - $983,750

Chesterfield’s $983,750 MassWorks award will fund the reconstruction of Smith Road. Smith Road is of regional significance to the neighboring Towns of Cummington, Goshen, and Worthington. This rural road safety project will reduce response times for emergency vehicles, and will improve access to the Chesterfield-Goshen regional elementary school.

Fall River - City Pier Improvements - $1,605,000

Fall River’s MassWorks grant will revive the blighted and previously contaminated City Pier. Fall River’s waterfront has experienced significant private reinvestment in recent years, and City Pier is the last developable parcel on Fall River’s waterfront. MassWorks-funded improvements to water and electric utilities will compliment over $2.5 million public funds already invested in the pier, and enable the private development of a pre-permitted marina and restaurant to move forward.

Foxborough - Foxborough Boulevard Traffic Circle - $625,000

Foxborough will use MassWorks infrastructure funds to construct a traffic circle at the intersection of Foxborough Boulevard and Forbes Boulevard. The public infrastructure will help advance Forbes Crossing, a $40 million commercial development project that will feature new retail, restaurant and office space, and a new 139-room hotel.

Groton - Four Corners Infrastructure Project - $2,074,968

Groton will construct a new wastewater collection system that will support immediate commercial development at the Town’s Four Corners Village, as well as new industrial expansion in Groton and Ayer. Current wastewater infrastructure in the area has constrained existing businesses from expanding. New wastewater capacity will also support efforts by the Town of Groton to create a walkable, mixed-use village on 16 acres of former National Grid property.

Haverhill - Merrimack Street Transformative Redevelopment Initiative - $8,980,310

MassWorks funds will continue Haverhill’s efforts to revitalize its Merrimack Street corridor, opening greater access to the Merrimack River, and supporting two new economic development projects in the city’s Transformative Development district. Public infrastructure funds will support the second phase of the Harbor Place development, which will feature 35 market-rate housing units, as well as a 10-story mixed-use development by the Lupoli Companies. MassWorks funding also supported the first phase of the Harbor Place development.

Lancaster - North Lancaster Water Infrastructure Project - $341,058

MassWorks funds will advance the Town of Lancaster’s North Lancaster Water Infrastructure Project, which will include the installation of a new water line to North Lancaster, the installation of a distribution main, and the construction of a water storage tank and metering station. The water infrastructure is critical to support two private developments, the Lancaster Technology Park, and Lancaster Crossing. The $341,058 MassWorks grant will advance design, engineering and permitting for the water infrastructure project.

Lee - Forest Street Reconstruction - $1,000,000

The Forest Street Reconstruction Project is a full-depth reclamation of the road, which runs from Route 20 in the Town of Lee to the Town of Tyringham. The road requires substantial reconstruction to provide safe passage for regional school district buses and public safety vehicles.

Leominster - Downtown Leominster Revitalization Project - $2,500,000

Leominster will upgrade water and sewer infrastructure in its downtown, and make roadway and sidewalk improvements that support private investment in the City’s downtown. MassWorks infrastructure funds will support downtown housing development, including the redevelopment of the former W. S. Reed Toy Company mill into 36 units of market-rate housing.

Lowell - Thorndike Street Improvement Project - $2,000,000

MassWorks funds will allow Lowell to upgrade a section of Thorndike Street, adjacent to the Gallagher Intermodal Transportation Center, in support of the city’s Thorndike Exchange project. The Thorndike Exchange is the redevelopment of an underutilized mill into a mixed-use, transit-oriented project that that will include 152 residential units, new restaurant space, and nearly 32,000 square feet of commercial space.

Lynn - Waterfront Infrastructure Improvements - $1,194,000

Lynn’s MassWorks-funded project will make intersection and roadway improvements, and install a new water line connection, in support of new housing development along the city’s North Harbor district. The public infrastructure will allow Lynn to transform its waterfront into a vibrant, livable, and accessible mixed-use district, and unlock a 348-unit residential development on the city’s former Beacon Chevrolet site. Construction on the private development is expected to begin in the Fall of 2017.

Marlborough - Apex Center of New England Improvements - $3,050,000

Marlborough will use $3,050,000 in MassWorks funds to make infrastructure improvements along Route 20, including new turn lanes and upgraded signals, in support of the Apex Center of New England. The Apex Center will feature two new hotels, 200,000 square feet of entertainment and retail space, 110,000 square feet of new office space, and six new restaurants, bringing new amenities to the region’s residents and employers.

Millville - Central Street Transportation Improvement Project - $1,000,000

Millville’s rural road safety project will reconstruct a major collector road in the Town’s center, reducing flooding hazards, complementing a recent intersection reconstruction, and utilizing a Complete Streets design approach that will increase connectivity to the town center for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.

New Bedford - Union Street Improvement Project - $2,500,000

The City of New Bedford will upgrade infrastructure along Union Street, advancing private investment in the City’s Transformative Development district. MassWorks-funded streetscape investments will advance a $10 million private investment by the Columbus Group, to redevelop a vacant building in the district into a 68-room boutique hotel. New Bedford is supporting the development of the new hotel with a 15-year tax increment financing agreement, valued at $606,000.

North Adams - Greylock Mill and Community Infrastructure Improvements - $2,176,341

North Adams will use MassWorks public infrastructure funds to provide essential public parking, pedestrian access, and site safety measures that will facilitate the redevelopment of Greylock Mill. The transformation of Greylock Mill, an abandoned 240,000-square foot mill on a brownfield site, into a vibrant, mixed-use development, will generate $20 million in private investment, and create a new event space, small-scale food production space, restaurant space, a hotel, and 23 new housing units.

North Adams - Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum - $250,000

MassWorks will grant $250,000 to support planning efforts for the Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum, a permanent museum that would build on existing cultural assets in North Adams and create a family-friendly destination that pays homage to the area’s roots.

Northampton - Pleasant Futures Improvements - $2,500,000

The $2,500,000 MassWorks award will allow Northampton to make infrastructure repairs and improvements along its lower Pleasant Street corridor. Pleasant Street is the gateway to the City’s downtown, featuring more than one hundred shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. The infrastructure project implements the recommendations of a recent master planning exercise, and supports two substantial mixed-use affordable housing developments that will create 125 new housing units, add 8,800 square feet of commercial space, and generate an immediate private investment of over $30 million.

Phillipston and Petersham - Petersham Road / Popple Camp Road Reconstruction Project - $1,348,135

The Towns of Phillipston and Petersham will collaborate to reclaim and repave 4.8 miles of local arterial roadways that connect the two towns’ centers, and provide direct access to Route 101 and Route 32. This rural road safety project will improve response times for regional emergency services and improve roadway conditions for town residents and visitors.

Revere - Revere Beach Parkway Transit-Oriented Development - $3,630,000

MassWorks funds will fund a series of public infrastructure improvements in Revere, including water, sewer, and utility upgrades, as well as new street and sidewalk work, to unlock the redevelopment of six acres of abandoned former commercial property along Revere Beach Parkway. Public infrastructure funds will enable TransDel Corporation and Gate Residential to make a $90 million private investment in the construction of 220 housing units, and a new 132-room hotel. The new development at 205 Revere Beach Parkway is located less than one-quarter mile from the Beachmont MBTA station; public infrastructure funds will improve safety and traffic conditions along Revere Beach Parkway, and enhance pedestrian connections to Beachmont Station and Revere Beach.

Salem - Bridge Street and Boston Street Complete Streets Enhancements - $3,500,000

Salem will make Complete Streets enhancements to the area around Goodhue Street, Bridge Street, and Boston Street, enhancing multi-modal connections to downtown Salem and Boston Street businesses, and unlocking the $40 million redevelopment of the former Osram Sylvania industrial site into 117 housing units. MassWorks funds will advance the housing, economic development and community revitalization objectives outlined in the City’s North River Canal Corridor Master Plan.

Shirley - Main Street Bridge Improvement Project - $725,000

Shirley will make necessary repairs to the Main Street bridge over Catacunemaug Brook, ensuring the continuity of roadway connections between the Town’s public safety buildings, and the surrounding community. The Town of Shirley is providing $82,700 in matching funds.

Somerville - Union Square Infrastructure Improvement Project - $13,000,000

Somerville’s multi-year MassWorks award will provide the critical water and sewer infrastructure necessary for the redevelopment of Union Square. The City of Somerville will match the state’s infrastructure funds with $25.7 million in local funding. Together, the state and local water and sewer infrastructure funds will enable Union Square Station Associates to invest $200 million in private funds in the first phase of the redevelopment of Union Square, delivering 400 new units of mixed-income housing, and 180,000 square feet of new commercial space. The 700,000-square-foot development is the first phase of the larger, $1 billion, 2.3 million square foot redevelopment of Somerville's Union Square. Construction on phase one is expected to begin in the fall of 2017.

Stow - Lower Village Traffic Improvement Project - $850,000

The Town of Stow will make Complete Streets improvements to its Lower Village, improving traffic circulation, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and drainage in the area. Streetscape improvements will improve access to local businesses and provide connectivity to 203 new housing units nearby. The Town of Stow is providing $400,000 in matching funds.

West Brookfield - Cottage Street and Lake Street Reconstruction Project - $1,000,000

West Brookfield will make streetscape improvements to three roadways -- Cottage Street, Lakeview Avenue, and Lake Street -- that connect West Brookfield Center and the Town Beach. Improvements will increase pedestrian safety and accessibility by implementing traffic calming measures, constructing new sidewalks, and improving intersections. West Brookfield is providing $114,000 in matching funds.

Westfield - Springfield Road Traffic Improvements - $1,926,745

Westfield will make necessary improvements to Route 20, in compliance with MassDOT’s Complete Streets standards, to increase public safety and promote private investment nearby. The public improvements will support the redevelopment of an abandoned auto dealership that will create 50 new jobs and retain 70 jobs. The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission has identified 10-acre redevelopment site as a priority development area.

Weymouth - Weymouth Landing Smelt Brook Daylighting - $1,601,000

MassWorks funds will allow Weymouth to make public infrastructure improvements, including the daylighting of Smelt Brook, associated utility work, and the construction of a new streamside walkway and pedestrian plaza. Infrastructure funds will support the construction of a $22 million mixed-use transit-oriented development, featuring 84 apartment units and ground-floor retail, in the village of Weymouth Landing.

Worcester - Main Street Improvement Project - $2,300,000

Worcester’s MassWorks grant will advance the City’s ongoing efforts to create a walkable urban area along the Main Street Central Business District, by making streetscape improvements that encourage private investment in the City’s downtown. MassWorks funds will leverage $7.5 million in federal, state and local funding already invested to create a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly Main Street district. Streetscape improvements in Worcester’s Transformative Development district are consistent with the goals of the City’s Downtown Urban Revitalization Plan, and will advance the redevelopment of the nearby CitySquare development.

Worcester - Stearns Tavern Improvement Project - $100,000

MassWorks funds will support the relocation of the 204-year-old Stearns Tavern, one of the oldest structures in the city of Worcester, from Webster Square, to a City-owned vacant lot that was once home to the Coes Knife factory. The project will enable the Seven Hills Foundation to occupy the first floor of the repurposed tavern, while operating a café and other workforce training programs for individuals with disabilities.

Wrentham - Ledgeview at Wrentham Water Main Replacement - $2,200,000

Public funds will provide the water infrastructure necessary to support Ledgeview at Wrentham, the redevelopment of a 53-acre parcel abutting Route 495 and Route 1. The 660,000-square-foot mixed-use private development project will include 240 housing units, an assisted living facility, two internationally flagged hotel brands with a total of 160 rooms, three restaurants, 20,000 square feet of retail, and 24,000 square feet of new office space. MassWorks infrastructure funds will generate $112 million in private investment.


Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards $85 million in MassWorks Grants to Communities Across the Commonwealth

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