By Joseph Domelowicz Jr.
The City of Lynn was awarded a $1.2 million MassWorks grant from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (HED) on Monday, as Secretary Jay Ash of HED visited the city to announce the award and discuss the city’s on-going development.
The MassWorks grant was specifically awarded to the city to pay for water and sewer infrastructure improvements on the Lynnway, as well as traffic improvements to the intersection of the Lynnway with Market Street. The improvements are planned in support of the Minco Development proposal for the former Beacon Chevrolet property, where a 348-unit apartment building will be developed over the next year.
According to Ash, the Lynnway MassWorks proposal “was one the most promising projects” the state reviewed out of the 114 applications it received for infrastructure funding this year. The Minco development proposal was just one part of what made the city an attractive place for the state to invest its resources.
The Lynn Economic Advancement and Development (LEAD) team, comprised of local, state and federal partners including Congressman Seth Moulton and Ash among others have helped bring several new development projects to the city in the last year, including a new Market basket store on Federal Street and additional downtown development on Central Avenue.
“As a result of the work that the LEAD team has done, the renaissance of Lynn has not only begun, it is really healthy,” noted Ash.