MARLBOROUGH PATCH – The state celebrated on Wednesday the completion of Marlborough’s $2.7 million MassWorks project to support the revitalization of East Main Street in the city’s downtown. The project complements the continued efforts undertaken by Marlborough to revitalize the downtown and encourage private investment, including the rezoning of the downtown to create the mixed-use Marlborough Village District, said the announcement.
Improvements included replacing sidewalks, the introduction of bike lanes, drainage improvements, the relocation of utility poles, and the repair of a crumbling retaining wall. The award supported lighting and streetscape improvements, too. These improvements will support future growth in the downtown district, including three mixed-use projects, by unlocking up to 900,000 square feet of new development.
“Through the MassWorks program, communities are able to unlock future progress and business development in way that is tailored to their needs,” said Governor Baker in a statement. “This project saw significant local support, from planning to rezoning, and will provide a boost for local residents and businesses in downtown Marlborough.”
“We are very appreciative of the Baker-Polito Administration’s ongoing support for Marlborough,” said Marlborough Mayor Arthur Vigeant in a statement. “The East Main Street MassWorks grant crucially helped reopen pedestrian access along East Main Street, providing a safer experience for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. The reconstructed roadway and sidewalks help tie Main Street and East Main Street together which will foster new economic growth in Marlborough’s downtown.”
This article by Charlene Arsenault originally appeared here.