GREENFIELD – This week, the City of Greenfield was informed by MassDOT that its application to the Commonwealth’s Shared Streets and Spaces Program has been approved for funding. According to MassDOT, Greenfield’s Main Streets project has been awarded $200,000.00 under the Commonwealth’s Chapter 90 Program.
The work to be completed will be based on the preferred design developed for Greenfield by the Conway School of Landscape Design in 2012. The existing parking will be shifted to angled parking on Miles Street enabling much of the asphalt to be removed to create an extended greenspace. There will be the same number of parking spaces as there are now and no parking will be lost. In addition, storm water management and lighting improvements will be included. Please see attached rendering (before and after).
This work will complement the upgrades underway on the Main Street end (benches, bike repair station, chess table) and the pollinator garden installed at the south end of the lot which are funded with an AARP Community Challenge Grant and made possible with a lot of dedicated community volunteers.
“This is very exciting to know that the City will be able implement the rest of this great project and add a beautiful gathering place in the center of downtown and thanks to MJ for securing the Shared Streets grant. It all started with DPW replacing the deteriorating wall last fall, and this effort represents a tremendous amount of teamwork and collaboration between City Departments, and commitment from the community,” according to Greenfield’s Director of Energy and Sustainability Carole Collins.
Greenfield’s Director of Community and Economic Development MJ Adams stated, “When Carole got the AARP grant to start the work on the gardens and greenspace near Main Street, we knew we had to find a way to get the plan done. The work already underway on the site with the AARP funds and the community participation in the plantings, demonstrates a strong level of civic engagement and commitment to improving the public spaces in our Downtown.”
According to MassDOT, “The Shared Streets and Spaces Program is intended to support projects that promote health, safe mobility, and renewed commerce by providing new or repurposed space for socially-distanced walking, bicycling, dining, retail, civic activities and bus travel.” This program, first launched in the summer of 2020, seeks to assist municipalities in meeting their needs for more and safer outdoor recreation, commerce, mobility access, and community activities.
If you have any questions or concerns about this funding award, please feel free to contact the City’s Community and Economic Development Department at 413-772-1548.