WILMINGTON, MA — Town Manager Jeff Hull announced at last week’s Selectmen’s Meeting that State Senator Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) was able to include significant funding for two projects in the state’s Economic Development Bond Bill.
Tarr, who represents Wilmington, was able to secure $1 million for improvements to commuter parking and other facilities for the North Wilmington commuter rail station and $250,000 for economic development infrastructure improvements on the Route 38 corridor in Wilmington.
“The funding for the North Wilmington commuter rail station would likely be applied towards engineering plan designs associated with an upgraded fully accessible rail station,” explained Hull. “It is estimated that the cost of construction associated with the replacement of the existing station will be a multi-million dollar project. The Town would still need to seek funding from the MassDOT through their multi-year capital plan for construction of the station.”
“Economic development funds could be used to build upon the results expected from the Town’s market analysis which will target the Richmond Street to Clark Street section of the Route 38 corridor,” added Hull. “Funds could be used to extend the study area to include Route 38 from Clark Street to Cross Street, for example. A potential scope of work might include identifying factors that influences the type of businesses operating along Route 38 and possible tools to improve the diversity and sustainability of businesses along the corridor.”
Governor Charlie Baker has signed the bond bill and did not line item veto the two Wilmington expenditures. The projects, however, must now be selected for inclusion in the Governor’s 5-year capital budget in order for the Town to have access to the funds. The next capital budget isn’t expected to be filed until May 2019.
(NOTE: Cover photo is from Horvath & Tremblay.)
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