Easthampton awarded $3.5 million grant to redevelop Ferry St. Mill

Hampshire County

The Ferry Street mill in Easthampton will soon undergo renovations.

According to Office of Housing and Economic Development spokesperson Colleen Arons, the $3.5 million grant was announced Friday by Easthampton Mayor Nicole LaChapelle, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash, and other officials.

A proposed $45 million redevelopment project will restore the century-old Ferry Street mill in Easthampton. 

The mill, which has been empty for years, will be turned into 152 housing units, including 60 low-income rent-controlled apartments. 

“I love the idea of mixed-use,” said Marcia Larocque Levy told 22News. “I hope there is subsidized housing, I think there has to be a certain percentage. I also think about my old age and I like the idea of being near the bike path, the center city.”

The grant is from the state’s MassWorks Infrastructure Program.

The 310,000 square foot mill is one of the last remaining developments in the city’s mill district. 

The grant will also fund new water and sewer lines, a roundabout at the intersection of Ferry and Pleasant streets, and a pathway along Lower Mill Pond.

“There is a lot of traffic, a lot of kids take this road to get to the new city over there which is another neighborhood where I live and It’s kind of dangerous so if they renovate this, I hope they fix this problem as well,” said Eric Dunn-Gaudet of Easthampton.

The project developer submitted the proposal to the city’s planning board back in October. 

The grant will also add a new connection to the Manhan Rail Trail. 

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