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PRESS RELEASE- Western Massachusetts Communities to Receive $2.8 Million: Community Development Block Grants Awarded
July 10, 2007

Pittsfield- Today, State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) is joined by his House Colleagues State Representative Daniel E. Bosley (D-North Adams), State Representative Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington) and State Representative Denis E. Guyer (D-Dalton) to announce an influx of $2.8 million in federal dollars to western Massachusetts from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program administered through the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.

 

“These funds provide critical support to step-up our economic development efforts in western Massachusetts,” remarked Downing.  “By rehabilitating affordable housing stock, improving infrastructure and beautifying our local amenities, we invest in the future of our unique corner of the Commonwealth.”

 

“In acknowledging Adams and North Adams specifically, these awards will be directed to projects we’ve been advocating for years,” remarked Bosley.  “Mayor Barrett has pledged to keep the North Adams Armory as a community center, so as to continue its youth basketball and other community activities, and the rink is a great community asset but both have been in great need of very costly repairs and improvements.  After years of rallying for state money, this will finally let the City get underway with the work to be done.”

 

Bosley continued, “And Adams, the moneys for downtown façade improvements will be a great boost to the town’s ongoing efforts to making the downtown and also the gateways in and out of town more attractive. The Jones Block has long been one of those major focuses, and, Topia has brought great imagination to town.  It’s great to be able to help in those efforts toward reviving the community.”

 

Representative Stephen Kulik stated, “I am very pleased that we are able to make such a significant public investment in some of the smallest towns in the Commonwealth.  These funds will improve and strengthen each of our communities by supporting housing rehabilitation, small businesses and homebuyer assistance, and vital social services to our neighbors.  I congratulate each of the towns and the Hilltown CDC for their good work in submitting such a strong grant application.”

 

The CDBG program is a highly competitive annual award given to cities and towns to address a wide range of development needs.  This year the Patrick administration today distributed $30.2 million in CDBG funding to 59 Massachusetts communities. These state dollars fund projects that assist communities in expanding economic opportunities and in providing decent, affordable housing options for their low and moderate income residents.  Communities with a population of 50,000 or less are eligible for CDBG funding.  Eligible municipalities with populations greater than 50,000 receive CDBG funding directly from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

 

“These grants are a significant resource for the communities in western Massachusetts,” stated Guyer.  “The awarded funds assist municipalities in providing necessary public services and allow the offering of more and better affordable housing options, both of which are important components in keeping the area a great and practical place to live in the Commonwealth.”

 

To learn more about the CDBG program or to download an application, please visit http://www.mass.gov/dhcd/components/cs/1PrgApps/CDBG/default.HTM. 

 

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Each community targeted specific areas in need of improvement in an effort to boost economic development:

 

2007 Community Development Block Grant Awards

Western Massachusetts

 

Communities

Summary

Award

 

 

 

ADAMS

Commercial Rehabilitation (6 buildings); Housing Rehabilitation (10 units); Construction/Public Facilities - Park

$753,597

CHESTERFIELD, Cummington, Goshen, Plainfield, Williamsburg, Worthington

Housing Rehabilitation (5units); First Time Homebuyer Downpayment Assistance; Public Facilities – Ambulance; Public Services

$855,808

NORTH ADAMS

Demolition; Construction/Public Facilities

$800,000

RUSSELL, Chester, Huntington, Middlefield

Housing Rehabilitation (7 units); Planning; Public Social Services

$398,962

 



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