- Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
- Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
Media Contact for Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh Celebrate Redevelopment of Mattapan Station
Colleen Arons , Communications Director, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
BOSTON — Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh celebrated the redevelopment of the Mattapan Station area, and announced two additional MassWorks Infrastructure Program projects totaling more than $6.5 million for the city. Today’s announcement concludes the 2018 grant round, which awarded $80.3 million for 39 projects across the Commonwealth.
A nearly $1.8 million MassWorks award will clear the MBTA parking lot in Mattapan for the creation of 135 housing units, about half of which will be affordable. The project includes storm water management upgrades, along with streetscape and landscape improvements, to support $28 million of private investment in a mixed-use, transit-oriented development, built in cooperation with non-profit developers Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) and its partner Nuestra Comunidad.
“The redevelopment of Mattapan Station will greatly benefit the City and Commonwealth, helping us reach our goal of adding hundreds of much-needed housing units to Boston, while delivering critical infrastructure upgrades and attracting private investment to the neighborhood,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are proud to wrap up another successful year of MassWorks awards, which resulted in 39 grants to help create jobs, transform housing opportunities and encourage long-term sustainable growth in our cities and towns.”
“Our Administration is thrilled to see so many communities across Massachusetts benefit from this program, especially through the construction of hundreds of new housing units and commercial spaces as we face an affordability crisis,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Flexibility is a hallmark of the MassWorks program, and empowers communities to pursue locally-driven projects, create new opportunities for residents and support regional growth.”
An additional $4.75 million in MassWorks funding was awarded to support housing development elsewhere in Boston. A $2.5 million award will fund the reconstruction and beautification of Vallar Road in East Boston, enabling the Boston Housing Authority to revitalize 331 public housing units at Orient Heights through a $186 million partnership with East Boston Community Development Corporation and Trinity Financial.
A $2.25 million award will provide infrastructure upgrades that support Indigo Block, a transit-oriented development which will create 80 affordable units and 9 market rate condos near the Upham’s Corner Station on the Fairmount/Indigo line. The award will also help link existing neighborhoods with additional sidewalks and paving.
“I want to thank the Administration for investing in these infrastructure projects that are important to our communities in Boston, such as the redevelopment of Mattapan Station, and new housing opportunities in East Boston and Dorchester,” said Boston Mayor Martin Walsh. “The MassWorks program is powerful because it unlocks opportunity and paves the way for important projects to cross the finish line, bringing benefits to people all across the Commonwealth.”
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 the 2018 grant round, the Administration’s investment of over $80 million across 39 projects will leverage nearly $2.9 billion in private investment to 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.
“The MassWorks Infrastructure Program has been successful as a catalyst for development because of its ability to support projects across a wide range of community sizes and needs,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy. “Each year we fund dozens of high-quality, shovel-ready projects, and this year is no exception. I congratulate the 2018 grant round awardees for pursuing projects that both strengthen their communities and promote sustainable growth and development across the Commonwealth.”
“The MBTA is pleased to partner with Governor Baker, Secretary Kennealy and the City of Boston to open the door to new housing conveniently located to transit,” said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak. “In addition to this MassWorks grant, the MBTA is also investing in the Mattapan line to improve reliability, safety, and service for our existing and future customers.”
Today’s announcement took place at the Mattapan Station project site. Governor Baker, Mayor Walsh, Secretary Kennealy, and MBTA General Manager Poftak were joined by city officials, legislators, developers, and members of the community.
“POAH is proud to partner with Nuestra Comunidad on this important transit-oriented development in the heart of Mattapan. The MassWorks funds will support critical infrastructure improvements, and will leverage over $50 million in additional financing – all of which will enable the creation of 135 homes along with commercial and community space. This is an excellent example of the type of cross-sector collaboration that will be needed to meet the city’s and state’s housing and economic development goals, and we are grateful for Mayor Walsh and Governor Baker’s leadership on this front,” said Aaron Gornstein, President and CEO of Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH).
“Nuestra Comunidad welcomes this important investment by the Commonwealth. We have been a mainstay in the Mattapan neighborhood for decades, providing community services and affordable housing opportunities to local residents. Redeveloping the Mattapan Station parking lot will create new public pathways and gathering spaces for neighbors, and also provide a welcoming link for the community with the new Neponset River Greenway,” said David Price, Executive Director of Nuestra Comunidad. “Embarking on this undertaking has allowed us to pull from our experiences and develop a shared vision with the community for this site, leveraging publicly-owned land to add sustainable public space and mixed-income housing density at a major transit node – in short, a model project for many of the Commonwealth’s development goals.”
“I’m excited about this continued state investment to build more affordable housing and support our infrastructure,” said Senator Nick Collins. “These grants provide a roadmap for public private partnerships as a tool to address our interconnected regional housing and transportation crises.”
“Upon completion, the Orient Heights project will be among the best examples of public-private partnerships,” said Senator Joseph Boncore. “This MassWorks grant, along with the investments made by the Boston Housing Authority, Trinity Financial and the East Boston CDC, will completely revitalize the area with an open space and accessible development the whole neighborhood can be proud of.”
“Investing in the building of housing people can actually afford is essential to retain thriving, diverse, working class communities. I am so proud to have worked to deliver this type of intentional investment right to the heart of Mattapan Square,” said Representative Dan Cullinane. “I couldn’t be more proud that today 135 units of much needed housing will be built right next to the historic Mattapan Trolley Line and the beautiful Neponset Greenway. This is a big day for Mattapan!”
“This funding for the Orient Heights Redevelopment Project will help East Boston realize a vibrant new community of affordable housing by making needed infrastructure, streetscape, and open space improvements,” said Representative Adrian Madaro. “Thank you to everyone at MassWorks for this important contribution!”
Since 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded over $357 million in MassWorks grants to support 176 projects in 129 communities. MassWorks funding has been critical to the addition and preservation of more than 2 million square feet of commercial/retail space, 29,000 full and part time jobs, and 11,000 housing units, while leveraging more than $6.9 billion in private investment.
Governor Baker signed economic development legislation in August 2018 that allocates 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 across the Commonwealth to catalyze economic development and create new opportunities for residents. These efforts include the 2016 Job Creation and Workforce Development act, which authorized $1 billion to support economic development across the state, including $500 million for the MassWorks Infrastructure Program and the introduction of new workforce development strategies.
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2018 MassWorks Infrastructure Program Award Winners:
Amesbury – $2.5 million for road improvements to Route 495 ramps
MassWorks roadwork includes ramp reconstruction at Route 495 intersections with Route 150 and South Hunt Road and supports Phase I of a $40 million commercial development, the Atlantic Sports Center complex. The complex will offer five and a half rinks with event seating for 2,500, 7,000 square feet of medical space, 43,000 square feet of office space, and a conference room and restaurant. In addition, the roadwork will benefit three new housing developments planned within a mile of the Route 495 ramps that are expected to add 385 units. This is the first step of a three-phase project on 90 acres in the South Hunt Area Development District. This phase leverages $1.2 million in District Improvement Funding.
Ashland – $3 million for improvements to Main and Front streets
MassWorks funds will reconstruct about 3,000 linear feet of roadway along Main and Front streets and activate overlapping development downtown. The upgrades include sidewalk widening, the addition of bike lanes and the burying of existing utilities. The improvements will also increase access for three developments planned for the downtown area. This project leverages $6.8 million in local funding and builds on Ashland’s previous efforts to revitalize its downtown with enhancements such as the Riverwalk Trail and The Corner Spot. About $3.8 million in planned developments will generate 13 new housing units, 2,000 square feet of mixed-use commercial space and the rehabilitation of an existing brewery, tap room and café. Downtown revitalization is also expected to attract about $30 million in private investment for the redevelopment of a 116,000 square-foot mill complex and former fire and police station.
Boston – $2.5 million for Orient Heights Phase II - Vallar Road Improvement
The project will reconstruct Vallar Road, relocate utilities, and provide open space and streetscape enhancements supporting Phase 2 of the Orient Heights redevelopment. Vallar Road will be repaved and repositioned to integrate the development and improve access. A public park along with new parking lanes, sidewalks and trees will also be created. The project supports Phase 2 of Boston Housing Authority’s replacement of 331 public housing units. When complete, the Orient Heights Redevelopment Project will represent a $186 million investment through the collaboration of Boston Housing Authority, East Boston Community Development Corporation, and Trinity Financial.
Boston – $1.8 million for Mattapan Station Redevelopment
The project will demolish and clear an MBTA parking lot for redevelopment into 135 new units of housing, half of which will be affordable. The project will also provide storm water management and streetscape improvements around the development, including new roadways, ADA-compliant sidewalks, lighting and landscaping. The new mixed-use, transit-oriented development next to Mattapan Station will be built in a cooperative effort of two non-profit developers - Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) and Nuestra Comunidad – and represents a $28 million private investment and will include 10,000 square feet of commercial space and 69 affordable units.
Boston – $2.25 million for the Indigo Block Project
The project provides infrastructure to connect Dorchester neighborhoods to new transit-oriented development at Uphams Corner Station on the MBTA’s Fairmount/Indigo Line. No public access to the station exists from the project site, which is currently light industrial space. The space will be redeveloped into 80 affordable units and nine market rate condos by Escazu Development and Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corp., both non-profit entities. In addition to linking to transit, the project’s new sidewalks and the paving of adjacent streets will connect surrounding neighborhoods.
Bridgewater – $3 million for road and drainage work in the Elm Street area
The MassWorks award will modernize Elm Street – which spans both Bridgewater and West Bridgewater – by widening and adding sidewalks. The improvements also include drainage and the addition of sewer lines along First Street, benefitting 56 businesses and a nearby 40B development. The Elm Street rehab also paves the way for the 400,000 square-foot expansion of industrial space by DeBartolo LLC as well as expansion of a 40B project by Cochesett Developers in West Bridgewater. That project is now approved for 89 units but could expand by as much as 300 units based on the MassWorks improvements.
Easthampton – $3.5 million for utilities for the Ferry Street Mill Improvement Project
The MassWorks award will facilitate the utility connections necessary to redevelop the Ferry Street Mill. The 310,000 square-foot mill is one of the last remaining developments in the City’s Mill District and is in the City’s Opportunity Zone. The utility connections are necessary for 152 housing units planned for the mill, including 60 income-controlled units. The improvements will also alleviate traffic issues with road upgrades and a new roundabout, and create amenities for pedestrians, such as paved access ways linking residents to trails and waterfront at Lower Mill Pond and the Manhan Rail Trial. The project will make restoration of the mill’s hydroelectric system possible and advances the Easthampton’s goal of addressing climate change.
Gloucester – $3 million for road and sewer improvements in the Trask Street area
The MassWorks award will fund about 1,190 linear feet of upgraded sewer lines and improvements, as well as Complete Streets enhancements along five downtown roadways between the Fuller School site and the Gloucester MBTA Commuter Rail Station. The Fuller development will remove the former school and trigger a $70 million mixed-use development, which will add 200 apartments and include a 65,000 square-foot YMCA. The project also includes 30 affordable housing units and 26,000 square feet of commercial space. The project will increase access to the new Fuller development and will enhance bicycle and pedestrian travel, between existing downtown businesses, new housing and retail at the Fuller site, and the Gloucester MBTA Commuter Rail.
Grafton – $575,000 for sewer upgrades on Westboro Road and redevelopment of Grafton State Hospital
The MassWorks funds will add 1,425 feet of sewer main along Westboro Road. The sewer line will serve D & F Afonso Builders’ 48-unit, single-family subdivision and expand septic capacity for additional commercial and residential development along Route 30. The new mains will be added to the 1,200 feet committed by Afonso. In conjunction with this work, Grafton will coordinate with National Grid to repave Route 30 after the company installs 8,000 linear feet of concrete conduit beneath the road. The total public-private investment in upgrades to Route 30 will total more than $7 million. The project also supports the redevelopment of the 33-acre MassDevelopment site at the former Grafton State Hospital campus. When complete, the hospital site will have nearly 200,000 square feet of commercial space and associated jobs. That site is zoned for life science, pharmaceutical and high tech and was sold to MassDevelopment in 2016 under the Baker- Polito Administration’s “Open for Business” initiative.
Hudson – $650,000 for reconstruction of the downtown rotary
MassWorks funds will be used to rework the existing rotary at the intersection of Routes 85 and 62 in Hudson center. The project will create a modern roundabout, which will reduce speeds and improve pedestrian safety. This award complements a previous MassWorks award of $1.2 million for rotary work on South Street in 2017, and is part of an ongoing effort to revitalize commerce in downtown Hudson. The rotary project will create a more pedestrian-friendly environment there, as well as on neighboring South Street. The rotary project is also expected to encourage development of neighboring properties such as the Armory, the former McDonald’s and Larkin Lumber sites.
Kingston – $3 million for expansion of the wastewater treatment plant and water distribution
The MassWorks project includes a 2,600 square-foot addition to Kingston’s current wastewater treatment facility and modernization of its water processing equipment. These water and sewer improvements will become the foundation for 15 private developments pending over 100 acres. All of the proposed housing will be within walking distance of grocery stores, shops and restaurants. An improved water main along Raboth Road leverages $19.7 million in municipal spending, and will increase water pressure for an adjacent 40R Smart Growth development and for the Kingston Collection, formerly called Independence Mall. Pyramid Management Group, owner of the Kingston Collection, has proposed a $44 million, mixed-used development for the site, which would include a 150-room hotel and 300 new apartments with affordable units.
Lee – $4.9 million to upgrade water at Eagle Mill
The MassWorks grant will fund 9,000 linear feet of new water mains from the town’s water treatment plant to the proposed Eagle Mill mixed-use development at the north end of Main Street. The funding provides a foundation for 80 market rate and affordable rental units and future commercial and recreational space. When completed, the Eagle Mill project is expected to generate more than $60 million in private investment in the Main Street area.
Littleton – $1.5 million for the Littleton Common Smart Sewer Project
The MassWorks funds will be used for a Community Water and Energy Resource Center (CWERC), which will serve about 230 homes and make previously inhibited development of Littleton Common possible. The CWERC includes a resource recovery system that will also produce energy and reuse quality water from the treated materials. The Littleton treatment project is likely to serve as an example of wastewater treatment innovation to other communities and act as a catalyst for development in the region.
Orleans – $1.5 million for the reconstruction of Main Street between Route 6A and Route 28. The project will build upon current work being done by MassDOT at both intersections, and allow for improvements in the Orleans Village Center District for cars, bikes and pedestrians. This award will allow Orleans to completely rebuild Main Street between two state highways at the heart of downtown. In addition to the roadway reconstruction, the Town of Orleans will add streetscape amenities such as streetlamps, benches, public art, landscaping and sidewalk repairs.
Oxford – $2.5 million for safety and traffic flow improvements to Route 12.
The MassWorks funds will enable traffic safety and efficiency upgrades along Route 12, including traffic signals and the reconstruction of intersections to three lanes. The upgrades will enable the planned expansion of IPG Photonics Corporation. IPG Photonics, a producer of high-performance fiber lasers and amplifiers, plans to build a 170,000 square-foot, four-story office, manufacturing and research facility and 460,000 square-foot parking garage. The project will yield about $68 million in private investment with the anticipated creation of 400 jobs.
Plymouth – $1 million for the reconstruction of Wareham Road
MassWorks funds will extend utilities and rebuild 4,500 linear feet along Wareham Road and into the Redbrook Master Planned Community in South Plymouth. Wareham Road also connects to Routes 3 and 24 and the planned improvements will improve traffic flow and increase pedestrian safety. The MassWorks improvements will initiate the next phase of the Redbrook project, unlocking $67.2 million in investment and adding 80 townhomes, 184 apartments and about 6,500 feet of medical office space. At least $500,000 will be committed by A.D. Makepeace, Redbrook’s master developer. At full build out, Redbrook will include 1,150 homes, up to 90,000 square feet of commercial space, and about 1,000 acres of open space and recreation lands.
Sandwich – $1.5 million for George Fernandes Way Access Road
MassWorks Program grant will fund the George Fernandes Way access road project. The funds will support the Terrapin Ridge development, a 40B project with 30 new units of affordable housing planned on a 10-acre site owned by the Sandwich Housing Authority (SHA) and developed by The Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development. Expansion of George Fernandes Way will connect Terrapin Ridge to an existing 12-unit development owned by the Sandwich Housing Authority. The roadwork will increase pedestrian safety and facilitate access to community facilities and greenspace for new and existing residents.
Scituate – $2.2 million to remediate excessive storm water and sewer capacity issues
The MassWorks award will kick off a two-phase project that will address sewer capacity problems and spur development in the Greenbush Station area. The first phase will replace 4,300 feet of sewer line and provide a better connection for the Cedar Point area near Scituate lighthouse. The project will correct excessive water intrusion into the sewer system and boost treatment capacity. The Phase 1 upgrades will unlock $4.8 million in local funding for Phase 2, which will then replace another 9,300 feet of sewer line in the Oceanside Drive area. When completed, the project will enable a $70 million private investment in the development of 148 age-restricted condominiums and 78 apartments, including affordable units and commercial space, next to Greenbush Station.
Sharon – $1 million to reconstruct South Main Street
The MassWorks project will rework two-thirds of the town’s main artery to facilitate growth in Sharon’s mixed-use development zone. Improvements include road widening, drainage upgrades, and the addition of sidewalks and signals for greater pedestrian safety. The project will also provide the groundwork for planned residential and mixed-use construction. The Sharon Gallery, a 750,000 square-foot, mixed-use development and Sharon Residences, a 192-unit rental project, are both supported by the MassWorks project. Together, the projects will contain up to 505 housing units – including subsidized and assisted living – will trigger a $125 million in private investment and generate more than 500 new jobs.
Shrewsbury – $3.75 million for improvements to Route 20/ Edgemere Drive-In site
MassWorks funds will reconstruct about 3,300 linear feet of roadway and related intersections along Route 20 and will facilitate the planned redevelopment of the former Edgemere Drive-In Theater property. Road improvements will include expansion to four lanes, a new four-way signalized intersection at Route 20 and Lake Street, and several Complete Streets improvements. The project will unlock an estimated $45 million in private investment in the former Edgemere Theater site and will increase access to the 68-acre parcel. The project will include 40,000 square feet of new retail space, up to 250 new housing units, and a state-of-the-art 80,000-square foot Market Basket. The Shrewsbury’s MassWorks project will also leverage about $5.7 million in local funding for construction of a new sewer main and pump station along Route 20, which will extend sewer service from the project site into Worcester.
Somerset – $880,000 for improvements to Route 6
The MassWorks award will facilitate 760 linear feet of roadway and intersection improvements to support Fairfield Commons, a new 80,000 square-foot commercial development. Improvements will include road widening, upgraded sidewalks, additional turn lanes, and a new four-way signalized intersection at the junction of Route 6, Fairfield Commons, and an existing Home Depot. The 14-acre Fairfield Commons property was recently purchased by South Coast Hospitality and has been rezoned and permitted for $20 million in new development, including a 111-room Marriot hotel, two stand-alone restaurants, and 4,500 square feet of office space. The new infrastructure leverages $300,000 in private funding and will also enhance traffic flow along Route 6 to support additional development.
Somerville – $500,000 for water and sewer improvements for the Boynton Yards area
The MassWorks project will modernize a failing 140-year-old sewer system and enable separated storm-water and sewer service to support the redevelopment of Boynton Yards. The Boynton Yards project will be served by the Green Line Extension and the MassWorks project will enable the construction of five mixed-use buildings. The $950 million private development will create approximately 425 apartments, 20 percent affordable, 426,911 square feet of office space, 112,250 square feet of research and development space, and 30,478 square feet of retail. Boynton Yards will be constructed in two phases. The first phase of the project will construct two buildings – a 139,000 square-foot office building and a 235,000 square-foot lab building – and include a parking garage under Building 2 with an estimated 300 parking spaces.
Springfield – $1 million for infrastructure to support Educare
MassWorks award will be used for site preparations and utility connections for a vacant parcel and supports a new 27, 000 square-foot Educare facility in Springfield. The Project includes foundation removals, earthwork and grading, and water, sewer, gas, electrical connections, and will also provide walkways, sidewalks, landscaping, and fencing. By redeveloping a property damaged by the 2011 tornado, the project advances educational opportunities and supports the revitalization of the Old Hill and Six Corners neighborhoods. Educare Springfield will be a vital resource for Springfield College, Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield Public Schools, and overall workforce development and education research. The project leverages a $14.5 million private investment.
Stoughton – $75,000 for site cleaning and masonry at Stoughton Train Depot Rehab Project
The funds will be used for the first phase in renovating the historic train depot, which the town is acquiring from the MBTA. The depot has been vacant for more than 10 years and this project is the first step toward its rehabilitation. This project leverages more than $500,000 from the Stoughton’s Community Preservation Act funds for phase two, which will complete the depot’s utility systems and interior/exterior renovations. The town will repurpose the depot into a restaurant, serving demands identified by their Revitalization Task Force and benefitting from its new Downtown Storefront Improvement Program.
Sutton – $2.25 million for natural gas lines to support South Sutton Commerce Park
MassWorks funding will provide 13,200 feet of natural gas line to facilitate the construction of a Primetals Technologies facility in the park, a Priority Development Site as designated by Central Mass. Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC). The 183,000 square foot manufacturing facility will retain 275 high-skilled jobs and leverage $28 million in private investment. The combination of this MassWorks project and a 15-year tax incentive plan from Sutton acted as incentive for Primetals to relocate and build a $28 million facility on vacant land off Route 146.
Taunton – $2.4 million for paving, water/sewer work in Myles Standish Industrial Park
The MassWorks grant will widen and repave Road D and support the planned 135,000 square-foot expansion of Waters Corporation. The roadwork will improve truck access to Water’s manufacturing facility and to 105 other businesses in Myles Standish Park. Improvements to Myles Standish Industrial Park will also include water, sewer and gas connections that will accelerate Water’s $200 million investment in the 890-acre park. The area will also be made safer for pedestrians with the addition of sidewalks and bike lanes.
Tyngsborough – $2.5 million for the Phase 2 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 compliments the town’s efforts to increase restaurant space and make Tyngsborough competitive with nearby out-of-state businesses. 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.
Uxbridge – $1.7 million for utility work in the Douglas Road area
The award will be used to add 2,700 linear feet of utilities from Taft Hill Lane to the Campanelli Business Park on Douglas Street, which is a Central Mass. Regional Planning Commission Priority Development area. The MassWorks project will become the catalyst for $150 million in private investment in the 1.4 million square-foot Campanelli Business Park. More than 100 full-time jobs will be created now and that number will grow to over 400 jobs when both phases are complete. The utility extension supports Phase 1 of the project and the immediate construction of an 800,000 square-foot Medline Industries building. Phase 2 will add an additional 600,000 square feet of industrial space.
Weymouth – $640,000 for Phase II of the Weymouth Landing Smelt Brook Daylighting Project
The funds will be used for the second phase of an ongoing effort to increase flood resistance and encourage development along Smelt Brook, which shares a historic boundary with Braintree. Phase I of the project stabilized the culvert along the brook. Phase II will temporarily divert the brook to replace the culvert, and then add a scenic walkway and lighting that will connect residents to Weymouth Landing Station and Commercial Street. This project provides the foundation for $40 million in private investment and 164 new housing units.
Worcester – $400,000 for streetscape improvements in the Canal District
The Public Market at Harding-Green is a $21.3 million mixed-use development which plans to construct a four-story, mixed-use building on 1.3 acres. The 70,000 square-foot mixed-use development is located in the Canal District and will include retail space, a public food market, and 48 market-rate residential apartments. MassWorks funding will be used for pedestrian and streetscape infrastructure adjacent to the Harding-Green development. The work will enhance safety and add aesthetic improvements, allowing access to neighborhoods and commercial areas.
2018 MassWorks Small Town Rural Assistance Program Awards
These awards of up to $1 million are for critical roadway and safety improvements to support growth in small, rural communities:
Bolton – $975,000 for Safety Improvements Main Street & Wattaquadock Hill Road
The Project improves roadway and pedestrian safety as well as access for emergency vehicles at the intersection of Route 117 and Wattaquadock Hill Road. Congestion on Route 117 has hindered Bolton’s Police and Fire Department from exiting the Public Safety Building on Wattaquadock Hill Road. Crosswalks, bike lanes and ADA compliant sidewalks will also be provided with improved geometry.
Buckland – $1 million for Upper Street Reconstruction
The Project will provide new drainage and reconstruct 7,500 feet of roadway and correct 2,000 feet of curb and sidewalk on Upper Street. The poor drainage causes flooding of the road and adjacent properties. In the winter flooding leads to large areas of ice and extremely dangerous sections of frozen road. This impacts response times by Buckland police, fire and ambulance to Upper Street residents, as well as to the Towns of Hawley and Charlemont where they are mutual aid responders.
Hawley – $466,900 for Route 8A Rebuild
The Project will rebuild 1,000 feet of Route 8A and install a drainage system to address dangerous road conditions. The road has experienced sinking each spring, causing hazardous conditions due to fracturing at its perimeter, leaving a two inch drop at a sharp bend in the road. The road is currently used as a truck detour for bridge construction in Shelburne causing the sunken area to compromise regional safety.
Monterey – $1 million for Blue Hill Road Safety Improvements Project
MassWorks funding will support a full depth reconstruction on Blue Hill Road to improve safety for school buses that transport children to a regional school system in Great Barrington and increase access to businesses and recreational activities, retaining existing jobs in addition to fostering the potential revitalization and expansion of the local economy. The project will consist of full depth reclamation, replacement of 20 failing culverts, installation of guardrails, rebuilding of swales, catch basins and line painting. The project will leverage $200,100 in Chapter 90 local infrastructure aid.
Royalston – $1 million for Athol, Bolton Roads Reconstruction
The project will reconstruct 13,600 linear feet of Bolton and Athol Roads and provide new drainage, guardrails, and culverts. The combined roads form the shortest route between Royalston’s and Athol’s town centers and are primary emergency response routes for both towns’ first-responders. Deteriorated road surface causes emergency vehicles to reduce speeds and the alternative route is more than twice as long. The road is also a vital route for school buses, commuters, and regional mutual aid.
Sheffield – $1 million for Two Bridge Repairs and One Bridge Replacement
MassWorks funding will be used to complete vital infrastructure improvements to three of the Town’s bridges. The project will continue and complete improvements to County Road, complementing a previous MassWorks investment. The project will also complete the construction for Bridge S-10-010 that has already been designed and permitted with a 2016 MassDot small bridge award and support the design of the required bridge replacement of Lime Kiln Road over Hubbard Brook. In order to utilize the benefits of previous state investments, these bridges must be repaired or the road is at risk of being closed.
Tolland – $889,664 for Colebrook River Road Rehabilitation
The award will support road improvements to Colebrook River Road to enhance safety and accommodate school buses, public safety vehicles and larger trucks. The infrastructure project consists of ditch work and the replacement of six 18-inch culverts. MassWorks funding will leverage a MassDot small bridge award and Chapter 90 local infrastructure aid.
Windsor – $1 million for River Road Project
MassWorks funding will be used for improvements to River Road, a major connector between Routes 9 and 116. The infrastructure project improves safety to accommodate school buses, road maintenance vehicles and emergency vehicles without significant delay. The project includes culverts, guard rails, shoulders, milling and hot mix asphalt resurfacing. River Road is adjacent to the Westfield River, which is a federally designated Wild and Scenic River