GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It will soon be easier to find parking in downtown Greenfield. Governor Charlie Baker was in Franklin County Thursday morning to announce $7.5 million in funding to help the town build a new parking garage on Olive Street.
The 350-space garage is intended to alleviate congestion downtown, and provide parking for local businesses, as well as the John W. Olver Transit Center and the Franklin County Courthouse, which is still in the midst of a construction project of its own.
“The courthouse had a 70-plus space lot and they built the new courthouse and renovated the old one on their parking lot, so we lost those and we increased the size of the courthouse and added some other courts, so we needed more parking,” Greenfield Mayor William Martin said.
“It’s a good example of the kind of project that the state can participate in to help leverage private investment and downtown development. With that respect, the 7.5 million we believe a good investment for Greenfield and a good investment for the Commonwealth, which is why I want to be here,” Baker said.
The $7.5 million in state tax money will be matched by a $2.5 million contribution from the town itself.
Martin said that the new garage will help continue the growth of businesses in the downtown area.