GROVELAND — The Town of Groveland was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from the Massachusetts Downtown Initiative Technical Assistance (MDI) Program.
Town officials were notified on Friday, April 10 that they would receive the funding.
The grant will fund consulting services as the Town develops a parking management strategy for Elm Square, which will examine the options available to the Town to potentially increase the number and location of parking spots as part of the revitalization of that area.
Last year, the Town was able to use grant funding awarded from the same program in order to conduct an economic development study about the types of businesses residents would like to see in Elm Square and the current characteristics of the area. The majority of participants in the survey cited parking as an issue, stating that there is not enough parking in the area and that the parking there is far away from the core businesses in the square that people wanted to visit.
This new study will provide a more comprehensive plan on how to address this issue and include an overall assessment, management plan and zoning review.
Town Planner Rebecca Oldham spearheaded the town’s application for the grant, and is overseeing the Elm Square initiative.
“We’re grateful to receive this funding for a second year in a row and look forward to using it to take this next step in the Elm Square revitalization efforts,” said Town Planner Rebecca Oldham. “We’ve heard the feedback community members have provided as this project has continued to gain momentum and are excited about the future possibilities for this key area in Groveland.”
For more information about the Elm Square redevelopment, click here.
The MDI program provides funding to towns and cities throughout Massachusetts as a way to encourage and support downtown redevelopment and revitalization.
More information about the MDI program can be found here.