Today, Gov. Baker, Lt. Gov Polito, and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy announced the 2020 Round of the MassWorks Infrastructure Grant Program. This year’s awards will invest nearly $68 million in 36 projects across Massachusetts to support housing, economic development, and road safety projects. The awards were announced during a virtual ceremony, and are part of the Administration’s comprehensive economic recovery initiative, Partnerships for Recovery.
The City of Pittsfield was awarded $3 million in grant money for the Tyler Street Streetscape and Roundabout project. Pittsfield was among 35 cities and towns across the Commonwealth to receive the funding.
According to Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer, These funds will support streetscape improvements to the Tyler Street Corridor, a main artery in the Morningside neighborhood. The upgrades to sidewalks, crosswalks, and lighting will enhance the ongoing economic and resident investment taking place (check out the graphic), as well as those on the horizon.
This project reflects years of a concerted effort by so many in the Morningside neighborhood. Thank you to the Baker-Polito Administration and MassDevelopment for their continued support and investment in Pittsfield. Thank you to Community Development Director Deanna Ruffer and City Planner CJ Hoss for their diligence throughout the process.
Mayor Linda Tyer
Statewide, the 2020 MassWorks awards will help create more than 3,500 new housing units, including over 1,000 affordable units; result in more than 3,900 new jobs, support over 7,000 construction jobs, and leverage more than $1.6 billion in private investment. Among this year’s projects, 23 are reactivating underutilized sites, 20 are transit-oriented developments, 14 have a mixed-use component; nine are in Gateway Cities, and eight are roadway projects in small and rural communities. Additionally, eight towns are receiving their first-ever MassWorks award. The transformative projects funded by the 2020 awards were selected through a competitive process that received 100 applications, totaling nearly $208 million in requests.
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