STOREFRONT IMPROVEMENT GRANT
The Community and Economic Development Department invites downtown businesses to apply for the Storefront Improvement Grant. This grant provides up to $5,000 towards the purchase or fabrication of storefront improvements, including new or replacement signage, new or replacement awnings, exterior lighting, and window displays visible from the street. The purpose of the program is to support improvements that elevate the aesthetic appearance and economic vitality of the downtown area to enhance it as a welcoming place to visit, shop, and work. Please note that grant funds can only be used for the fabrication and purchase of items; businesses must arrange separately for installation costs.
For more information and to download the grant application, please click here.
Applications are due October 31, 2023. You may submit your application via email to email@example.com or by mail to the Community Development Department, 14 Court Square, Greenfield MA 01301.
DOWNTOWN GREENFIELD PARKING STUDY
The City used funding from a "Massachusetts Downtown Initiative Technical Assistance Program" grant from the State Department of Housing and Community Development (now called the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities) to engage a consultant team from Stantec to produce a parking study. This process involved analysis of the existing parking inventory and parking utilization, review of the City's parking enforcement and regulations, and community input gathered at a public workshop in January 2023 and a public meeting in June 2023. The final report includes recommendations for a more efficient and coordinated parking system that meets the community's needs. You can read the report here.
The Deliberate Downtown project is an ongoing effort to implement Greenfield’s Downtown Revitalization Plan. Discussed at the January 19, 2023 Deliberate Downtown workshop.
We have partnered with MassDevelopment, Franklin Community Cooperative (Green Fields Market), and The Community Builders (affordable housing developers) to advance downtown's Wilson’s Department Store (closed in November 2019) into an expanded Green Fields Market and the development of 65 apartments for workforce housing. Read about the project on the MassDevelopment website here.
We are developing Court Square, downtown in front of City Hall, into an expanded public open space for community activities and outdoor dining.
I-91 INDUSTRIAL PARK EXPANSION
We are working with support from the MassDevelopment Site Readiness Program to evaluate the feasibility of expansion of the I-91 Industrial Park into 88
FIRST NATIONAL BANK BUILDING
We are currently seeking proposals from private developers for the reuse of this elegant, underutilized building on the Common.
WELLS STREET SHELTER REHABILITATION & PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROJECT
We are working with Clinical Support Options to upgrade the homeless shelter facilities and create 36 additional new units for individuals on their journey out of homelessness.