Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.5 Million MassWorks Grant to Easton
MassWorks Infrastructure Program Grant will support $32 million private investment in revitalization of North Easton Village
Today, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash joined local officials and community leaders to award a $2.5 million MassWorks Program Infrastructure Grant to Easton for the continued revitalization of the North Easton Village, leveraging $200,000 in local funding, and building on prior efforts to attract up to $32 million in private investment.
“Our administration is committed to programs like MassWorks that help cities and towns invest in public infrastructure and unlock opportunities for private investment, housing and new jobs,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Infrastructure investments in revitalizing North Easton Village will unlock new housing and career opportunities for Massachusetts’ residents and $32 million in private investment. We continue to work closely with all our local partners to advance important projects like this one that drive development and prosperity in our communities.”
“MassWorks reflects our administration’s support for flexible funding that also leverages local and private resources to meet the economic development needs of Massachusetts’ cities and towns,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “We are proud to have increased funding and secured reauthorization for this critical program that has supported thousands of new housing units, industrial expansion and new mixed-use development space across every region of the Commonwealth.”
The MassWorks Infrastructure Program makes grants to municipalities for public infrastructure projects that generate additional private sector investment.
The $2.5 million award will complement local funding and previous state support to drive the ongoing revitalization of the North Easton Village. Funds will allow the town to move utilities underground that currently impede development and unlock development opportunities under Easton’s mixed-use zoning. This project will build on previous infrastructure improvements, including streetscape enhancements, have already attracted new private development, including The Farmer’s Daughter, a regional destination restaurant, and the conversion of the historic Ames Shovel Works Factory into 113-units of affordable housing.
This project will support the expansion of The Farmer’s Daughter and new development, attracting up to $32 million in private investment..
“The effectiveness of the MassWorks Infrastructure Program and the reason that it has been successful at unlocking development is the program’s ability to support projects across a wide range of sizes and scope,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “Each year we fund high-quality, shovel-ready projects, and this year is no exception. I congratulate the cities and towns for pursuing projects that strengthen communities and promote sustainable economic growth and development across the Commonwealth.”
The MassWorks Infrastructure Program provides a one-stop shop for municipalities and other eligible public entities seeking public infrastructure funding to support housing production, economic development, and job creation. Since 2015, and including this year’s awards, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded over $274 million to 134 projects in 106 communities throughout the Commonwealth, spurring the development of over 2 million square feet of commercial and retail space, over 7,000 immediate housing units, at least 7,000 square feet of new public space and 1,200 new hotel rooms and commercial/retail space.
“MassWorks funding provides our communities with flexibility to address critical projects that support local economic growth and job creation,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Michael J. Heffernan. “We have prioritized engaging and supporting our cities and towns in our capital budget plan, and the MassWorks program is one of the best ways in which we can do this.”
“Massworks investments like this one do more than fund infrastructure improvements; they support our local businesses and drive key economic growth, generating new, sustainable revenue that supports our schools, public safety and community at large,” said Town Administrator Connor Read. “With today's announcement, Governor Baker's administration has demonstrated its commitment to Easton for which we are thankful.”
“The MassWorks Infrastructure Program provides critical funding to support economic development in cities and towns across the Commonwealth,” said Senator Walter F. Timilty. “The North Easton Village Infrastructure Project will contribute to the historic neighborhood’s revitalization. I am grateful to Secretary Jay Ash and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development for recognizing the importance of the project. I look forward to continuing to work together with my colleagues at the state and local level to advance local economies across Massachusetts.”
“The MassWorks Grant is a perfect example of public and private investment in our community,” said Representative Claire Cronin. “It has been great working with the administration and our local officials to make this happen.”
In August 2016, Governor Baker signed An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development (H.4569) to reauthorize MassWorks and support $500 million of future investment in critical infrastructure, a significant commitment by the Commonwealth.