Melrose Awarded $500,000 Development Grant Through State MassWorks Program

The Melrose state legislative delegation of Senator Jason Lewis and Representative Paul Brodeur are pleased to announce that the City of Melrose has been awarded a $500,000 grant through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development’s MassWorks program.

The $500,000 grant is committed to the Essex Street revitalization project, which will create safer access for pedestrians between businesses and downtown bus routes to the Cedar Park commuter rail station. In addition, the infrastructure improvements will support the new Senior Housing Development at 116-158 Essex Street. Funding from the $500,000 MassWorks award will also be used to resurface Essex Street and Willow Street. Both streets will receive new sidewalks, improved handicap accessibility, trees, and lighting. Willow Street will also be widened.

“I’m very pleased to see Melrose receive this funding to enhance its infrastructure and pedestrian safety,” said Senator Lewis. “Investing in safer roads and sidewalks benefits our neighborhood businesses and brings our community closer together.”

“This funding will make our neighborhoods safer,” said Representative Brodeur. “Investing in infrastructure pays off, and I think the City of Melrose is a fine example of that. With this grant, we will continue to invest in our community and make it better.”

The MassWorks Infrastructure Program provides a one-stop shop for municipalities and other eligible public entities seeking public infrastructure funding to support economic development and job creation. The program is administered by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, in cooperation with the Department of Transportation and Executive Office for Administration & Finance.