Marlborough – The city of Marlborough was awarded $800,000 through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) July 26. Grant funds were awarded during a ceremony led by Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Secretary Jay Ash, and Undersecretary Janelle Chan.
In a press release from Mayor Arthur Vigeant’s office, it was noted that the grant funding will be used by the Marlborough Community Development Authority (MCDA) to fund three key projects:
– $306,000 for Housing Rehabilitation through the MCDA’s Critical Home Repair Program
– $343,500 in infrastructure improvements to improve Devens and McEnelly Streets, with the balance of the project funded by the City
– $49,000 to fund the “Prevention through Positive Youth Development” program through the Boys and Girls Club of MetroWest to help combat the opioid crisis
“Last year, we had a small amount of funding for critical home repairs for Marlborough residents and veterans; now, we will be able to expand the program to even more Marlborough homeowners. We have been making steady progress in upgrading our streets; now, we can tackle the improvements of Devens and McEnelly streets in downtown,” Vigeant said in the release. “We have also tackled the opioid crisis and the grant will enable us to continue educating our young people about the dangers of opioids.
Douglas Bushman is the executive director of the MCDA.
“We are thrilled to put these federal tax dollars to work. We have renovated three homes in the last year and now we can assist more Marlborough homeowners. This funding will help us expand our ability to improve the Marlborough community,” he said. “I want to thank Mayor Vigeant, the MCDA Board and staff for the hard work they put into this grant.”
Staff members of the MCDA applied for the grant in March with the assistance of the Communities Opportunity Group.