Ludlow receives $430K for Riverwalk improvements

Includes new lighting, benches and trash bins

LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – The Ludlow Mills Riverwalk is a mile and a half stretch of a paved path along the Chicopee River, and the town wants to ensure it’s safe for residents.

Ludlow Town Planner Doug Stefancik told 22News the town secured a $429,500 grant from MassWorks Infrastructure Program. He said that money will be used to add lighting along the path, along with benches, trash bins and historical signs detailing important facts about the Ludlow Mills Industrial Complex.

This new funding is in addition to the $600,000 grant the town received from HealthSouth to create the Riverwalk in 2014. Residents are ready to see the project progress.

‘It’ll be really nice to be able to come here. it’s been nice just having the addition of the walkway,” said Celene Livermore, a Ludlow resident. “All of Ludlow will probably be looking forward to it.”

“It’s a beautiful area where people can go and walk or ride their scooter… and I think it’ll be nice to have lighting in this area,” said Ludlow resident Mellisa Rocker.

The town planner also told 22News work is underway right now to turn one of the old mills into 75 units of senior housing, which should be ready by early 2018.

They town hopes to have all the upgrades to the Riverwalk in place by next summer. That would complete phase 1.  Stefancik said there will be a phase two, but he couldn’t say what it would entail, as plans haven’t been drawn up or detailed just yet.

However, Stefancik said improvements to the entire Ludlow Mills complex will be ongoing for the next 20 years.

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