BOSTON – The communities of Braintree, Holbrook, Quincy, and Rockland were recently selected by a group of state agencies as the recipients of a combined $4.4 million in grant funding to promote local infrastructure projects, as well as several housing initiatives.
The grant awards were made through Community One Stop for Growth, a single application portal that provides a streamlined, collaborative review process of 12 state grant programs that fund economic development projects related to community capacity building, planning and zoning, site preparation, building construction and infrastructure. Funds going into the district originate from the MassWorks Infrastructure Program, the Commonwealth Places Program, and the Housing Choice Grant Program.
The Town of Braintree received $2.5 million, which will be used to pay for the reconstruction of Allen Street from Shaw Street to Quincy Avenue, a length of approximately 1,450 feet. This project also includes the redevelopment of a vacant property with mixed-income housing units and public access to the Monatiquot River.
The Town of Holbrook received $675,000 to fund the design and permitting of transportation improvements at the intersection of Centre Street and Union Street, as well as the final design and permitting of two culvert replacements.
The City of Quincy received a total of $282,645 in grant funding. Of that sum, $232,645 will pay for pedestrian improvements at high-traffic intersections connecting several residential housing developments to rapid-transit hubs at the North Quincy MBTA Station. These improvements will include new signals, accessible pedestrian pushbuttons, and sidewalk improvements to make all crossings ADA compliant, as well as new detection cameras.
Quincy also received $50,000 that will help pay for a new outdoor gathering and green space within the North Quincy Business District, as well as parklet upgrades to the Vane Street Alley and area around the North Quincy Library.
The Town of Rockland received $975,000 for the design and permitting of roadway corridor and intersection capacity improvements along Reservoir Park Drive and Hingham Street. The proposed improvements will facilitate access from Route 3 to the South Weymouth Naval Air Station Redevelopment site.