The City of Beverly was recently awarded a $150,000 Housing Choice Community Capital Grant from the Baker-Polito Administration. The Housing Choice Community Capital Grant Program provides funding for capital projects to communities that have achieved the Housing Choice Community designation. 67 Massachusetts communities were awarded the Housing Choice Community Designation in May 2018. Housing Choice Communities are eligible to apply for the new Housing Choice Community Capital Grant and also receive bonus points or other considerations for certain state grant programs. This competitive grant program awards funds based on the municipality’s housing production record and active implementation of housing production best practices. The projects need not be housing related. Only 28% (19) of Housing Choice Communities received the Capital Grant.
Beverly Mayor Michael Cahill commented “Thank you to Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito along with the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development for this grant award. This initial study will be a critical step to implementing a redesign of the Beverly Depot train station area into a mobility hub, including improved ADA accessibility and better pedestrian access for all users.”
“We appreciate this grant award from the DHCD that provides funding to complete a design and engineering study of the Beverly Depot area. This grant will allow Beverly to conduct a comprehensive analysis and assessment of the Beverly Depot area and develop an implementation plan to upgrade the roads, sidewalks, crosswalks, pedestrian and bicycling networks, install electric vehicle charging stations and make significant safety and accessibility improvements” stated Beverly Planning Director Aaron Clausen.
Grant funding will be used to conduct feasibility, design, and preliminary engineering to transform the Beverly Depot train station and the adjacent area into a multi-modal mobility hub. A mobility hub is a single location where patrons can connect to a variety of transportation services as a type of one-stop shopping for getting around. This work will help Beverly identify the necessary infrastructure improvements, services, and place-making to upgrade the Beverly Depot area into a true multi-modal transportation hub for the City and the region. A redesign of the Beverly Depot train station area will improve pedestrian access for all users and will provide full ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessibility.