The city of Easthampton has received a $50,000 planning assistance grant.
The grant will allow the city to hire a professional consultant to help decide future uses of the two elementary school properties and other related topics specific to the downtown area.
The grant was given to the city from the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs to improve the use of the city’s environment.
The grant will allow for the creation of a project plan that will look at the current needs of Cottage Street and Union Street and potential re-uses for Center/Pepin and Maple Street schools.
The schools will eventually be consolidated into one K-8 school that will be open sometime in September 2021.
Before the project begins, the city must select a consultant to facilitate meetings and prepare the plan.
The project is expected to begin in February.