MAYNARD – Town Administrator Kevin Sweet is pleased to announce that Maynard has received a MassWorks award of $3,177,600 to undertake substantial infrastructure improvements to support mixed-use development and attract private investment.
“I was happy to work with Hudson and Maynard Town Officials to secure these important Massworks grants, which will boost Hudson and Maynard’s economic revitalization,” said Senator Eldridge. “I want to thank the Baker-Polito administration for investing in local economies, as well as Hudson and Maynard Boards of Selectmen, Hudson Town Manager Thomas Moses, Hudson Planning Director Jack Hunter, Hudson Assistant Planning Director Kristina Johnson, Town Administrator Sweet, and Maynard Town Planner Bill Nemser for their hard work.”
“I’m thrilled that the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded MassWorks Infrastructure Program grants to Hudson and Maynard, two towns currently experiencing an exciting revival of new business, engaged communities, and thriving downtowns,” said Representative Hogan. “The state has played a vital and transformative role in spurring economic development locally, and these latest infrastructure funds will go a long way in supporting our towns’ plans for continued growth.”
The MassWorks Infrastructure Program makes grants to municipalities for public infrastructure projects that generate additional private sector investment.
Maynard will pursue upgrades to aging sewer lines to unlock a $137 million private development that will transform the vacant Digital site into a mixed-use development, featuring 323 housing units and create hundreds of full and part-time permanent jobs. The new development will include residential housing and age-restricted housing, with 10% reserved for low and moderate-income residents. The 58-acre site, which formerly housed the Digital Equipment Corporation, is expected to create 182 full-time and 363 part-time, permanent positions at medical offices, retail space and commercial opportunities.
“We’re extremely excited to have been awarded this MassWorks grant because it will provide the funds needed to make essential upgrades to the nearly 90-year old sewer lines that will service a new mixed-use development as well as existing customers in town,” Town Administrator Sweet said. “The grant allocation will also further the Commonwealth’s goal of stimulating economic growth, preserving the environment and addressing community needs.”
The award for the Town of Hudson will complement ongoing efforts to revitalize the commercial downtown area through zoning reform and local investments. Hudson will undertake streetscape improvements, create ADA accessible sidewalks, multimodal accommodations and enhanced lighting to support the development of 7 South Street into a four story mixed-use development. The project will also enable the expansion of Medusa Brewery, which opened in 2015. The project is consistent with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s MetroFuture Plan, and builds on previous state support, including the 2016 Massachusetts Downtown Initiative grant to implement a downtown Business Improvement District feasibility study.
“I am thrilled to hear the Town of Hudson has received 1.2 million dollars for our South Street renovation plan and it is another celebration of the public-private partnership we continue to experience here in Hudson,” Hudson Planning Director Jack Hunter said.
“This award will assist Hudson in expanding its already thriving downtown as it successfully transitions to a 21st century economic development model with 19th century charm,” Hudson Town Manager Thomas Moses said. “The Commonwealth’s resources leverage local and private sector planning and infrastructure investments. The result will be a firmer economic base for the Town and the region.”
The MassWorks Infrastructure Program provides a one-stop shop for municipalities and other eligible public entities seeking public infrastructure funding to support housing production, economic development, and job creation.