MassWorks program helping fund Ludlow’s Riverwalk

Some of the funding for this project will be coming from the MassWorks grant program.

LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – The Riverwalk in Ludlow has been constructed and is in use by residents.

The one mile riverfront walking and biking path stretches along the Chicopee River in front of the Ludlow Mills Complex, best known by it’s landmark clock tower.  The path takes up a porter of the 170 acre piece of land that sat unused for decades.

“It bridges the gap of generations from the past to the future and when young people walk this their going to realize that the history here as far as the Ludlow Mills and what it meant to this community back in the 1920’s and 40’s,” State Representative Thomas Petrolati, told 22News.  He has been at the forefront of securing funding to make this project happen.

The project to build the path and redevelop the mills complex is being funded by a combination of private and public dollars.

On Tuesday, Lieutenant Governor, Karyn Polito visited the Riverwalk to announce that nearly $430,000 would also be coming from the state’s MassWorks grant program.

“This is an example of how we can take the MassWorks program and invest in your plan and to make something like this come to fruition,”Polito said.

The larger Ludlow Mills Preservation and Redevelopment Master Plan is also ongoing.  WestMass Development said Tuesday they have a 20 year plan in place they believe will bring in an additional $2 million to the town in tax revenue.

The longterm redevelopment inlcudes 71, 55-and-older apartment units as well as goals to bring in offices and industrial business to the mills complex.

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