The $50 million in infrastructure improvements the city is required to make as part of the $1.6 billion revitalization of Quincy Center received a boost today from a $978,300 grant from the US Department of Transportation, state and local officials said.
The money will go toward construction of the Adam’s Green that, along with the relocation of the Town Brook and the construction of the Cliveden Bridge, will create the basis for the revitalization of the downtown.
According to a release from U.S. Representative William Keating, who has been lobbying for support of the project since taking office eight months ago, the grant will be used for the design and engineering of the Adams Green space.
Specifically, the funds will improve the intersections supporting the green, as well as pedestrian and bicycle thruways.
“The Quincy Downtown Development project is a model for what we should be doing across the country – upgrading our infrastructure while preserving and promoting our heritage,” eating said in a release. “These types of projects improve our communities and local economies. But most importantly, they put people back to work with honest, good-paying jobs that will benefit all residents.”
The money will be combined with almost $6 million in transportation earmarks previously intended for the concourse construction.
Although the $7 million in state and federal funding has helped position the city to accomplish these infrastructure projects, a lot more funding is still needed.
The city is still looking for $13 million to finish construction of the Adams Green. Additionally, officials will need to secure the $12 million to $15 million for the Town Brook, and $15 million for completion of the Cliveden Bridge extension.
“We are still actively seeking federal and state monies for virtually every component of the project,” said mayoral spokesman Christopher Walker. “We’re going to leave no door left unopened as we go forward, but we’re confident that the interest from the federal government and support from congressional delegation and administrative agencies has been substantial, and we expect that to continue.”
For the Town Brook in particular, the city is applying for a so-called I-cubed grant with the state’s infrastructure program. The city is expecting to hear about the outcome of that grant in the fall.
As part of the development agreement, the brook relocation must be complete prior to private construction beginning. As for the Adams Green, the project must be complete by the end of the first phase of construction on the project.
In the meantime, the influx of funding has helped bolster support the project as a whole.
“It’s a major step forward,” Walker said. “It shows our partners at the state and federal level have seen how valuable this project will be, not just for Quincy but for the Commonwealth…
“The fact that our congressman and everyone else involved has been working for months trying to secure funding in Washington during these times…when it's not easy to come by, shows the level of commitment that our partners and colleagues have made to this project,” he said.