Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development Press Release
MassWorks Infrastructure Program funds include construction of 90 affordable housing units
NORFOLK, MA – November 3, 2017 – Today, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash joined local officials and community leaders to award a $1.8 million MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant to the Town of Norfolk for the Lawrence Street Infrastructure Improvement Project. The grant will leverage $395,000 in private funding to extend water services to support the construction of a 216-unit, mixed-income housing development with rental and homeownership opportunities.
“Our administration is committed to programs like MassWorks that help cities and towns invest in public infrastructure and unlock opportunities for private investment, housing and new jobs,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “This award will help Norfolk support open space and hundreds of critical mixed-income housing opportunities for the region, attract $75 million in private investment and create nearly a hundred new jobs. We continue to work closely with all our local partners to advance important projects like this one that drive development and prosperity in our communities.”
“MassWorks reflects our administration’s support for flexible funding that also leverages local and private resources to meet the economic development needs of Massachusetts’ cities and towns,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “We are proud to have increased funding and secured reauthorization for this critical program that has supported thousands of new housing units, industrial expansion and new mixed-use development space across every region of the Commonwealth.”
The MassWorks Infrastructure Program makes grants to municipalities for public infrastructure projects that generate additional private sector investment.
This award will give Norfolk the resources to increase the town’s affordable housing stock, by supporting infrastructure necessary for the project, which is being permitted through the 40B comprehensive permit program. The 216-unit development will include 90 affordable units with a mix of rental and homeownership opportunities. The 200-acre site will reserve 140-acres for open green space, represents $75 million in private investment, and will generate 15 full-time positions and 75 part-time positions. The development is also consistent with the 495/MetroWest Development Compact Plan.
“The effectiveness of the MassWorks Infrastructure Program and the reason that it has been successful at unlocking development is the program’s ability to support projects across a wide range of sizes and scope,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “Each year we fund high-quality, shovel-ready projects, and this year is no exception. I congratulate the cities and towns for pursuing projects that strengthen communities and promote sustainable economic growth and development across the Commonwealth.”
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. Since 2015, and including this year’s awards, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded over $274 million to 134 projects in 106 communities throughout the Commonwealth, spurring the development of over 2 million square feet of commercial and retail space, over 7,000 immediate housing units, at least 7,000 square feet of new public space and 1,200 new hotel rooms and commercial/retail space.
“MassWorks funding provides our communities with flexibility to address critical projects that support local economic growth and job creation,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Michael J. Heffernan. “We have prioritized engaging and supporting our cities and towns in our capital budget plan, and the MassWorks program is one of the best ways in which we can do this.”
“We are extremely happy to win this award through MassWorks Program,” Town Administrator Jack Hathaway. “It will help Norfolk improve through new infrastructure, unlock economic development and provide beautiful new amenities for our residents.”
“I am pleased the Town of Norfolk has the opportunity to participate in the Mass Works Infrastructure Program,” said Senator Richard J. Ross. “This project will completely reconstruct the Lawrence Street Bridge, a bridge that has needed attention for some time. The infrastructure will connect existing neighborhoods to new developments while providing residents with commuter rail access. Thank you to the Baker-Polito administration for investing billions of dollars into infrastructure improvements in my district and across Massachusetts.”
“This has been a long time coming and I am so happy this project has come full circle,” said Representative Shawn Dooley. “My very first bill was for funding the engineering for the Lawrence Street bridge repairs as it is such a critical piece of infrastructure for our town.”
In August 2016, Governor Baker signed An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development (H.4569) to reauthorize MassWorks and support $500 million of future investment in critical infrastructure, a significant commitment by the Commonwealth.
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