City holding block grant planning meeting tonight

Recorder Staff
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

GREENFIELD — The city is finalizing its plans for the Fiscal Year 2018 Mini-Entitlement Community Development Block Grant, and invites community members to provide input during a public hearing tonight at 6 p.m.

The hearing will be held in the Planning Office, 114 Main St. with a snow date of Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Greenfield expects to receive $825,000 from the program, and will use these funds to demolish a condemned building on Main Street, support commercial rehabilitation and upgrades of Greenfield’s downtown housing stock, invest in infrastructure improvements, and continue social services.

Greenfield intends to complete the demolition of a condemned property on Main Street with additional design and site work to create access from Main Street to the rear parking lot. The city will also make additional investments in the redevelopment of the First National Bank and Trust building, which was acquired by the Greenfield Redevelopment Authority late last year.

The housing rehab program and a new code enforcement assistance program will continue to make efforts to support investments to the city’s housing stock. Funding will be earmarked to support the engineering and installation of the city’s municipal broadband internet (GCET) into Greenfield neighborhoods to expand service to additional households. Greenfield will also continue to support critical social services.

Those who are unable to attend the public hearing are invited to submit written comments or input by Feb. 14 to cd_administrator@greenfield-ma.gov. For more information, visit greenfield-ma.gov.