- Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
- Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates MassWorks Infrastructure Project Groundbreaking in Bourne
Colleen Arons , Communications Director
BOURNE — Today, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined Bourne Town Administrator Thomas Guerino and local officials to break ground on the Buzzards Bay Wastewater Treatment Facility Project. In 2017, Bourne received a $1.5 million MassWorks Infrastructure Grant Program award to support the installation of a new wastewater treatment plant, which will expand capacity and benefit new development in the village center.
“The MassWorks Program continues to be a highly effective tool for communities across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “These awards help municipalities achieve strategic, smart local growth, aligned with their overall economic development goals. We continue to work with communities to identify their best opportunities and enhance their assets to attract new businesses and residents.”
“Cape Cod has received more than $7 million in MassWorks funding from our administration, and we are pleased to witness the progress across the region,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “This project will help drive downtown development in Bourne, and support rezoning efforts and proactive planning work, which are essential to increase capacity and realize economic potential.”
The MassWorks funding will support the installation of a 100,000 gallons-per-day wastewater treatment plant to expand existing capacity. The new facility will benefit the 100-room Hampton Inn and Suites currently under construction and support Bourne’s smart-growth zoning and planning efforts in Buzzards Bay Village Center. The public infrastructure will support up to $60 million in future development including several housing and mixed-use projects including a 120-unit senior rental apartment project. Buzzards Bay Village Center has also been identified as a Cape Cod Commission Growth Inventive Zone.
“We continue to refine our resources for municipalities to maximize the impact of our programs, and help meet locally driven goals for economic development and growth,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “Throughout the Commonwealth, we’ve partnered with communities to develop strategies to revitalize downtown districts, create pedestrian and cyclist friendly areas, and enhance live-work-thrive neighborhoods.”
“I cannot express the positive impact that the MassWorks grant has provided to this increased wastewater capacity project. This strongly bolsters the future of the economic and community development for the town,” said Bourne Town Administrator Thomas Guerino. “$1.5 million is a huge amount of money for our community and represents 20 percent of the estimated overall costs of the project. Additionally, this award shows that the Baker-Polito Administration have a true interest in the vitality of this municipality. By showing this commitment, we have been able to receive conditional approval on a federal grant to further support the project.”
“I am excited to see the Buzzards Bay community have the opportunity to partner with the Baker-Polito Administration on this important project,” said Senator Vinny deMacedo. “The Buzzards Bay Water District has worked very hard on modernizing the wastewater treatment capabilities of the region and this grant allows them to take the next step in a project that will expand economic opportunities and allow more housing in Buzzards Bay and South Plymouth.”
"This infrastructure investment by the Baker-Polito Administration will open the door to further private investment in Buzzards Bay Village by increasing wastewater capacity within the Cape Cod Commission Growth Incentive Zone,” said Representative David T. Vieira. “It is the first step towards a longer range goal of increasing capacity in partnership with the Town of Wareham treatment facility. I applaud Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito, and Secretary Ash for recognizing the importance of this project and making the necessary funds available to the town."
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. Since 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded over $274 million to 134 projects in 106 communities throughout the Commonwealth, spurring the development of over 2 million square feet of commercial and retail space, over 7,000 immediate housing units, at least 7,000 square feet of new public space, 1,200 new hotel rooms, and commercial/retail space.
In August 2016, Governor Baker signed An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development (H.4569), which included a $500 million reauthorization of the MassWorks program to fund investment in critical infrastructure, a significant commitment by the Commonwealth. Earlier this month, the Governor signed economic development legislation that includes an additional $250 million in new MassWorks authorization.
More information is available at the MassWorks website.