A state grant is funding a new pedestrian plaza in downtown Greenfield

14 communities including Greenfield are receiving state money to help revitalize their downtown districts

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- A pedestrian plaza is coming to downtown Greenfield.

It will start on Court Square, in front of Greenfield Town Hall and extend to Bank Row. The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development is providing $15,000 to fund the plaza design.

“We are trying to make downtowns more pedestrian-friendly and helping to connect them with stores popping up downtown, and make things more walk-able, and ultimately more healthy,” said Jay Ashe, Secretary for the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.

Secretary Ashe announced the grant to city leaders at the Greenfield Town Hall on Wednesday. This is one of 14 grants that will support downtown revitalization efforts across the state. Downtown Greenfield is getting a lot busier with new businesses and the newly-improved Franklin County Courthouse.

“We have more people here for business, more people to go out to dinner to go to the movies, hear music we are one of the few towns in the Commonwealth that has it all right here in downtown,” said John Lunt, Assistant to the Mayor for Special Projects in Greenfield.

The National Arts Research Center recently named Greenfield one of the country’s top 10 small communities in arts and culture. Lunt told 22News the plaza will have curb cuts and retractable posts that will alter traffic flow when necessary. It’ll take about a year to get the pedestrian plaza built.

Other towns which received funding for their downtown include Palmer, Athol, Shelburne, and Sunderland.