Council to consider $800,000 in CPA projects
NORTHAMPTON — The City Council will consider $800,000 in Community Preservation Act grants at its meeting Thursday, including funding for improvements to the Bridge Street School playground, a significant land purchase off Route 66 and an initiative to support low-income residents who live in the city’s community housing.
The Community Preservation Committee is recommending a total of seven projects for the council’s review as part of the first round of funding this year.
The meeting begins with public comment at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Puchalski Municipal Building.
Bridge Street School would use its $165,000 grant to renovate its playground by installing new playground surfaces and a small number of design and play elements.
The school is also fundraising $35,000 to pay the balance of the $200,000 project, which is expected to be completed for the start of the next school year in September.
Meanwhile, two new community playgrounds are also in the works at Lampron Park next to Bridge Street School and at the new Florence Fields on Meadow Street.
The Recreation Commission is asking for a $50,000 CPA grant that would be used as a match for a $200,000 state grant it has received through the state’s Our Common Backyards program.
The Lampron Park playground would include play structures, swing sets, landscaping and fencing. Florence Recreation Fields’ playground would likely include play structures for younger and older children.
The playgrounds would likely be installed and ready for use by the end of this year.
Other projects up for funding include a $200,000 request from the Conservation Commission to help buy a 48-acre parcel between routes 66 and 10; $195,000 to the Northampton Housing Partnership to launch the Community Housing Supportive Services Project to help low- and moderate-income residents succeed within the city’s community housing; $130,000 from the Grantham Group to help provide 43 units of affordable, assisted-living in a new 83-unit, assisted-living project at Village Hill Northampton; $40,000 to the Conservation Commission to conduct a land survey in the Saw Mill Hill Conservation Area; and $26,500 from the Three-County Fairgrounds to modernize and attain historic listing of the grandstand at the fairgrounds.
In other business Thursday, the council will:
∎ appoint and swear-in Pamela L. Powers as clerk of the council.
∎ proclaim April 25 as Arbor Day in the city.
∎ review the fiscal 2013 audit by Scanlon and Associates.
∎ take a final vote on Mayor David J. Narkewicz’s five-year capital improvement plan.