LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito visited Ludlow Tuesday joining with Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy for a Site Readiness Program grant announcement.
The program aims to prepare properties to be quickly repurposed for industrial and commercial projects in the private sector. It especially focuses on converting abandoned sites and obsolete facilities into tax-generating properties. The Westmass Area Development Corporation will be receive $650,000 to fund for a new access road, new water and sewer infrastructure, survey work, and a parking area. All of these efforts are part of the plan to redevelop the 130-acre Ludlow Mills at 100 State Street.
“Now in its sixth year, the Site Readiness program complements other state programs like the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund, MassWorks, and the Underutilized Properties Program that support communities looking to advance their economic development goals,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Cities, towns, and their partners can easily access information about these resources through Community One Stop for Growth, a new simple and streamlined application portal for the Commonwealth’s community development grant programs.”
“The Town of Ludlow looks forward to our continued relationship with Westmass Area Development,” said Ludlow Select Board Chair William Rosenblum. “We welcome the opportunity to revitalize the Ludlow Mills in a manner that will benefit the taxpayers of Ludlow.”
According to MassDevelopment in July 2020, the Westmass Area Development Corporation received $80,000 to assist in the redevelopment at Ludlow Mills. The money was used to “update marketing data, prepare a strategic marketing plan, and prepare specific redevelopment build-out concepts for individual mill buildings and districts within the Ludlow Mills complex,” the governor’s statement says.
MassDevelopment announced $250,000 funding for the fifth round of the Site Readiness Program in November of this year. The Westmass Development Corporation will use this grant to make capital improvements to the historic stockhouses within the Ludlow Mills at 100 State Street. The stockhouses include approximately 22 one-story, 6,000-square-foot buildings that house small manufacturing businesses, entrepreneurial startups, and other unique entities; the critical capital improvements funded by this grant will make 10 of these buildings more viable for existing and future tenants.