July 22, 2014

Springfield Republican: Federal block grants pump millions into Central Massachusetts road improvements, housing projects

July 22, 2014

Several Worcester-area communities are expected to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal block grant funding to make infrastructure improvements in the coming months.

Gov. Deval Patrick recently announced that 54 cities and towns from across the Commonwealth, including 12 in Central Massachusetts, will receive a portion of $27.5 million in federal Community Development Block Grants through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to support housing rehabilitation, public service projects and local infrastructure.

"When we invest in infrastructure projects in our communities, we put people to work and leave a better Commonwealth for the next generation," Patrick said in a news release.

"These Community Development Block Grant awards will provide our cities and towns with federal funding to help families and small businesses, and to revitalize our neighborhoods," Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, said in a release announcing the grants. "CDBG funding is an important way the federal government can be a strong partner for our local communities across the Commonwealth."


Webster will receive $900,000 for reconstruction of Church Street, construction of the Frederick Street parking lot and development of the Riverwalk.

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