Yesterday (Thursday), Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick came to LCW’s new Mill redevelopment Union Crossing ( see www.lcworks.org for more on LCW’s community asset building work) to show his commitment to LCW and the project and to announce a $1 Million CDAG grant to build a new bridge over the North Canal to provide access to the Union Crossing development. This stop followed the opening of the new SouthWick Plant in Haverhill, the former manufacturing tenent of Union Crossing. Here is an exerpt from the Lawrence Eagle Tribune story on the visit.
“The governor also visited Lawrence yesterday to award Community Development Action Grants totaling $3.5 million in funding for the cities of Lawrence, Fitchburg, Hopkinton, and Lowell.
For Lawrence, more than $1 million will be dedicated to the construction of a two-lane bridge over the North Canal at Union Crossing.
“Today we continue to deliver on our partnership with Lawrence,” Patrick said.
According to both Patrick’s speech and press releases from his office, the construction will result in 80 to 110 new permanent jobs and 60 new green housing units. The governor’s office estimates the project will support $27.4 million in public-private investment.
Patrick also stressed the importance of working with local community groups and businesses for these plans to work.
“At a time like this we must learn to reconnect through community, we must lean on each other,” Patrick said. “Good times are coming.”
See the short video of Governor Patrick talking about Union Crosssing below.