THE BOSTON GLOBE – Marlborough has been awarded a state grant designed to help communities spruce up their downtowns, according to the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation. Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced that the city would be one of 19 communities to receive $15,000 though the Massachusetts Downtown Initiative at a ceremony on March 20, the corporation said in a prepared statement. While there are no specific plans for the money yet, according to Lora Markova, a spokeswoman for the organization, the grant is designed to fund consulting on a “branding and wayfinding strategy” in the historic city center. That could include new signage, such as historical markers and maps, to help visitors find their way to businesses as well as “creating a sense of community in downtown,” according to Markova. She said that this will be the next step in a multiyear effort to revitalize the area, including rezoning and efforts to lure new businesses to the block. Shrewsbury, Lincoln, and Ashland were also among the recipients of the grant, the Baker administration said in a statement.
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