LCW hosts City and State officials at Island Parkside to celebrate and promote state investments in the City

Mayor Brian A. DePena, Lt Gov Polito, Secretary Kennealy, and Legislators Announced their Support for the FORWARD Bill 

Lawrence to Receive an Initial $3,150,420 Million for Projects Within the City   

LAWRENCE, MA (June 29, 2022) Mayor Brian A. DePena hosted a press conference in front of the Island Parkside project along with Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development (HED), Mike Kennealy, and state and federal legislators to show support for the FORWARD bill. The legislative act was filed by Governor Charlie Baker back in April of 2022. This ambitious proposal seeks to invest $3.5 billion for economic development in all 351 communities in Massachusetts – $2.3 billion in funding from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and $1.256 billion in capital bond authorizations. The event brought together members of the City Council of Lawrence, who also showed their support to the bill.  

Proposed initial investments for the city of Lawrence 

Program/Project Name Account Funding 
Downtown Recovery Grants – $1,200,420 
Resilient Lands Initiative Build designed improvements to restore or create walking routes to parks $1,200,000 
Tombarello Junkyard Assessment and Remediation Brownfields Redevelopment Projects $750,000 
TOTAL FUNDING $3,150,420 

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