Marlborough wins funding for downtown infrastructure projects

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By Dakota Antelman, Managing Editor

Marlborough wins funding for downtown infrastructure projects
Marlborough Mayor Arthur Vigeant speaks at the podium during a press conference behind City Hall on Oct. 28. (Photo/Dakota Antelman)

MARLBOROUGH – Marlborough is getting $3 million in state infrastructure funding to bolster its downtown revitalization efforts, the state announced last week.

Marlborough Mayor Arthur Vigeant was joined by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) at a press conference behind City Hall on Oct. 28.

Together, the trio discussed funding recently won through the MassWorks Infrastructure Program.

“When you put infrastructure in place or you update it, you can attract the private investment, which you’re doing here, to see the things that you want to have happen,” Polito said.

The city has emphasized work promoting the revitalization of the Downtown Village District over the past seven years since it rezoned the downtown area in 2014.

This funding will now support a number of specific projects including work to reconstruct an existing traffic signal at Main Street and Bolton Street, according to the state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.

Funding will also help pay for improvements at the trailhead of the newly extended Assabet River Rail Trail while helping convert 500 feet of Main Street to a “raised shared-use plaza.”

That work, in turn, will support three mixed-use developments that have already been permitted for the downtown area, the state’s announcement noted.

Those developments will add 180 new housing units to the downtown area.

“We’re really excited about this project moving forward,” Vigeant of the entire downtown revitalization effort.