Lt. Governor Polito marks $3 million award at ribbon cutting for Marlborough’s recreation, hotel complex.
MARLBOROUGH PATCH—Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined Marlborough Mayor Arthur Vigeant, local and state officials and business leaders at a ribbon cutting at the Apex Center of New England, a new $160 million entertainment and hospitality development, supported by the MassWorks Infrastructure Program.
The $160 million Apex Center in Marlborough received a $3 million MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant. The 2016 award enabled the construction of critical infrastructure improvements necessary for the 500,000 square-foot center, which includes two hotels, 30 bowling lanes, bumper cars, arcade games, multiple eateries and more.
“Important programs such as MassWorks played an essential role in making Marlborough’s Apex Center a reality, and continue to play a critical role in strengthening cities and towns across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker in a statement. “This grant program, as well as other key administration initiatives, provide the framework for supporting development, business and community building in the cities and towns across the Commonwealth.”
“I am pleased to celebrate the opening of the Apex Center with the many people that have worked to make this incredible complex possible,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito in a statement. “The Governor and I are thrilled to be part of the renaissance of this important section of Route 20. This complex will add 1,600 jobs and make Marlborough a destination city. This is a stunning example of what can happen when state government and municipalities work together toward common goals.”
The Apex Center sits on a on a 43-acre parcel on Boston Post Road West, off I-495, and along the Route 20 Corridor. The planned lodging, dining and recreation complex will also be transit-oriented, with MetroWestRegional Transit Authority bus service inside. The Apex Center is expected to further Marlborough’s capacity as a recreation, trade show and business destination.
MassWorks funding helped mitigate traffic congestion along Route 20, reconstructed three nearby intersections, added sidewalks and upgraded water, sewer and drainage in the area.
“The MassWorks program was essential to the Apex Center development. We know firsthand the success of this public-private partnership and with over 1,200 permanent new jobs, and a wide variety of dining, entertainment, retail and hospitality options as the result it’s clear that the investment made by all parties was a smart one,” said Robert Walker, Apex Center developer, in a statement.
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