CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Welcome news on Friday for several western Massachusetts communities in need of money to improve local infrastructure.
Governor Patrick announced that 54 cities and towns will receive $28 million in federal Community Development Block Grants. The money can be used to fix roadways and repair buildings.
Berkshire County towns of Great Barrington and Sheffield will receive about $800,000. North Adams will get about $900,000.
Senator Ben Downing (D) of Pittsfield told 22News, “We know just how competitive it is, so to all the municipal leaders here, to all who have won the awards, congratulations, it is no small feat to do so.”
Several Hampden and Hampshire County towns are included in the grant program as well:
- EASTHAMPTON – Will receive $416,732 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 10 units and for an infrastructure design project for the Admiral Street neighborhood.
- GREAT BARRINGTON and SHEFFIELD – will receive $803,100 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 15 units, for an infrastructure design project in the Housatonic Village and for an accessibility design project at Sheffield Town Hall.
- GREENFIELD – will receive $900,000 for sidewalk repair to Washington Street, housing rehabilitation assistance for 12 units, and to support services related to homelessness prevention, food/nutrition, substance abuse and elder services.
- MONTAGUE – will receive $823,626 for roadway improvements to Avenue A, to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to four units, for an Avenue A, Phase II design project and to provide early literacy education services.
- NORTH ADAMS – will receive $900,000 for improvements to a community center, demolition of vacant buildings, capital improvements, senior center and historic properties plans and social services.
- PALMER – will receive $876,925 for a playground rehabilitation project, to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to three units and support domestic violence prevention services.
- RUSSELL, CHESTER, HUNTINGTON and MIDDLEFIELD – will receive $1,063,467 to provide housing rehabilitation to 15 units, construct a sidewalk on Basket Street in Huntington, conduct accessibility planning in all four towns and support case management and support services, food pantry operations, an adult education center and a domestic violence prevention task force.
- SHELBURNE, BUCKLAND and COLRAIN – will receive $946,197 for improvements to Prospect and River Streets, to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to six units and to support a food pantry.
- WARE – will receive $799,984 for improvements to High Street, an infrastructure design project for Prospect Street and support for a local domestic violence prevention task force.
- WEST SPRINGFIELD – will receive $900,000 for sidewalk replacements in the Memorial neighborhood, housing rehabilitation assistance for 13 units, code enforcement and support for family self-sufficiency and homebuyer programs, ESOL, camp scholarships and Head Start.