WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A big infusion of cash from the federal government will help communities across the state with housing and public service improvements.
$31 million in grant money was announced during an event in West Springfield on Friday afternoon. The money comes from the Community Development Block Grant program.
Governor Deval Patrick was scheduled to make the announcement in person, but he became stuck in traffic on the Massachusetts Turnpike, and he had to make the announcement over the phone, which was held over a loudspeaker at the lectern.
Here is a breakdown of where the money will go here in western Mass (note that some communities are sharing their portion with another community):
- Adams: $900K for housing rehabilitation and improvements to Park Street
- Agawam and E. Longmeadow: Sharing $753,977 for improvements to town housing authority properties, as well as for sidewalks and crosswalks on Springfield St. in Agawam
- Amherst: $450K for the Amherst Community Childcare Center, First-time homebuyer's program, sidewalk improvements on Southeast Street, and for various social services.
- Bernardston, Conway, Shutesbury, & Sunderland: $1.1M for housing rehabilitation and meals on wheels
- Chester: $587,611 for Maple Avenue/Maple Street roadway and sidewalk improvements
- Chesterfield, Cummington, Plainfield, Westhampton, and Williamsburg: $1.1M for housing rehabilitation and various social services.
- Easthampton: $900K for housing rehabilitation, as well as roadway and sidewalk improvements for the Everett and Grant Street neighborhood.
- Greenfield: $900K for housing rehabilitation, blight removal, sidewalk construction in Hillside neighborhood, and various social services.
- Montague: $426K for housing rehabilitation, slum and blight study in Millers Falls and Turners Falls neighborhoods, planning study for senior center, and various social services.
- North Adams: $900K to create a youth center in the former armory, design for a park, improvements in handicapped accessibility, and various social services.
- Orange: $650K for drainage and sidewalk improvements for Cheney and East River Streets, and for advocacy and support services for the mentally disabled.
- Palmer: $430,899 for housing rehabilitation, South High Street sewer improvements, and for domestic violence prevention.
- Russell, Chester, and Middlefield: $1M for housing rehabilitation, water improvements on Pine Hill Rd. in Russell, roof replacement at the Middlefield Senior Center, and various social services.
- Shelburne and Buckland: $687,373 for ramp and sidewalk improvements at Highland Village Housing in Shelburne, road improvements to Sears Street in Buckland, and for a food pantry.
- Wales: $900K for housing rehabilitation, and Woodland Heights storm drainage and roadway improvements.
- Ware, Hardwick, and Warren: $984,380 for housing rehabilitation, study on re-use of distressed properties, and various social services.
- West Springfield: $900K for Housing rehabilitation, code enforcement, sidewalk improvements in the Memorial neighborhood, and various social services.
Several other cities and towns in central and eastern Massachusetts also received a share of the money.