Revere Happenings

$1.5 Million MassWorks Grant for downtown revitalization awarded

Demo of old police station will provide additional downtown parking

$1.5 Million MassWorks Grant for downtown revitalization awarded

Demo of old police station will provide additional downtown parking

By James David Mitchell  – Revere Advocate News

Mayor Dan Rizzo’s promise to boost the downtown business district got a financial shot in the arm to the tune of a $1.5 million grant by Housing and Community Development Secretary Greg Bialecki at a formal announcement at city hall on Tuesday, all part of the state’s $8 million funding for four Metro North communities through the MassWorks Infrastructure Program to help support development and growth in the region.
Crowding the city hall council chambers, city and state officials, along with department heads, listened as Bialecki spoke about his recent visit to the Gateway Cities, which included Revere, Chelsea, Everett, Malden and Melrose.
Each of these cities received a portion of the $8 million for their infrastructure improvements. The $1.5 million awarded to Revere will be matched to the city’s current infrastructure program already in place. The monies will also help defray costs for the environmental impact study above and beyond demolition costs.
According to Mayor Rizzo, the City will now move forward with the demolition of the former police station and city garages located next to City Hall on Pleasant Street, which will add an additional 50 parking spaces for the downtown shopping district.

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