Tuesday June 12, 2012

NORTH ADAMS -- While on Cape Cod on Tuesday at the Dennis Town Hall, Gov. Deval Patrick announced North Adams as one of 46 cities and towns in the commonwealth that will receive a share of a $26.8 million federal grant for community improvement.

According to a state report, North Adams will receive $900,000 to be used toward creating a youth center and improving accessibility of Noel Field. The funds have also been approved to be used towards creating a comprehensive community plan, including planning demolition work, and supporting social services.

North Adams is the only municipality in Berkshire County to receive funds during this latest round of Community Development Block Grant awards.

According to the state, the program is the commonwealth's largest available resource for neighborhood revitalization projects and helps meet the housing and public service needs of low- and moderate-income communities while building and repairing infrastructure vital to the health and safety of all residents.

"These funds will allow communities across my district to undertake much needed improvements and maintain vital social services," said Congressman John Olver. "Given the lingering effects of the recent economic downturn, such investments are more important than ever. I welcome today's announcement and offer my congratulations to all the awardees," he said.