The Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Committee received word of this grant proposal through Adam Duchesneau with the Melrose Planning Department in September 2013. The group quickly put a support letter together to MassWorks Infrastructure Program, Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development, enforcing our favorable position of the work in the Franklin Street/Melrose Highlands Improvement Project. We were very pleased to find out that the grant was approved!
Hooray for the City of Melrose and it’s fantastic Planning Department!
Melrose has been awarded a $960,000 MassWorks grant for improvements to the area around the Melrose Highlands commuter rail station and business district.
Greg Bialecki, Secretary of Housing and Community Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, visited Melrose yesterday and toured the Tremont Street corridor with Mayor Rob Dolan, State Representative Paul Brodeur, members of the Board of Aldermen, and business leaders, stopping off at several local businesses, including Tooba’s restaurant on Essex Street and La Qchara, a new restaurant in Melrose Highlands, where Secretary Bialecki announced the grant.
“This grant is a game changer for us,” said Dolan. “It is going to be neighborhood-based, with a focus on safety, aesthetics, and economic development, similar to what we have been able to achieve downtown and at Cedar Park. Our three train stations are among Melrose’s greatest assets, providing easy access for commuters and allowing us to create districts where people…
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