New Bedford intersection improvements with $ 2.5 million grant
NEW BEDFORD – Parts of West Rodney French Boulevard will look a little different thanks to a $ 2.5 million grant under the MassWorks infrastructure program.
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Undersecretary for Community Development Ashley Stolba were joined by Mayor Jon Mitchell and other state and local officials Thursday at Kilburn Mill to announce the award which will also support the stakes to level the infrastructure of public services and the improvement of accommodation for pedestrians and bicycles along part of the roadway.
The grant will also fund a traffic light at the intersection of West Rodney French Boulevard and Brock Avenue, according to a press release from the State Housing and Economic Development. The improvements will provide direct support to current and planned residential and commercial properties, including the planned $ 40 million redevelopment of the adjacent Kilburn Mill # 2 for 189 mixed-rate housing units, and the ongoing redevelopment for commercial purposes in Kilburn Mill # 1.
“The New Bedford MassWorks Prize will directly support significant improvements that will make West Rodney French Boulevard safer and work more efficiently for all modes of transportation,” Polito said in a press release. “In addition, this investment will open the door to significant private investment, leading to new housing needed. ”
“This project builds on recent nearby public investments that are stimulating economic growth and improving the quality of life on the peninsula,” Mitchell said in the statement. “We appreciate the willingness of the Baker-Polito administration to support projects like these which build on one of the city’s main assets, namely its connection to water.”
“This award is a significant investment by the state to revitalize our thriving southern neighborhood adjacent to picturesque Clark’s Cove,” said Senator Mark Montigny. “We will continue to aggressively defend these funds and thank the Baker administration for their support.”
Apart from city awards, nominations from two New Bedford-based organizations also resulted in awards from Community One Stop: the nonprofit Verdean Veterans Memorial Foundation received $ 285,000 to fund the improvement. accessibility and building code for the property located at 561 Purchase Street. , and the Southeastern Massachusetts Community Economic Development Center received $ 775,000 to fund rehabilitation plans for the former Capitol Theater at 1418-1440 Acushnet Ave. and financial services, and a neighborhood resilience hub on the first floor, as well as affordable housing on the second floor. Both of these projects received a grant under the Underutilized Properties program.
“The West Rodney French Boulevard project, the renovation of the Cape Verdean Vets Hall and the Capitol Theater for the Community Economic Development Corporation, and the construction of Kilburn Mill for mixed-use development will revitalize the South End and create lasting impacts on the economic development of New Bedford by increasing livability and providing greater accessibility to businesses, recreation, community centers and more, ”said Representative Antonio FD Cabral.
“We on the South Coast are delighted with the implementation of these developments along West Rodney French Boulevard,” said Representative Paul Schmid III. “The improvements for pedestrians in particular will make great strides in improving accessibility in the long term. ”