|The Fairmount kickoff was marked by $Warmth$ and $Exhuberance$ and was perfect in every way.
But that's not why people were excited. It was all about $Money$.
Weather was nice
- The setting was purrfect (beautiful Strand)
setup was impeccable (Alma, Melodi & Chris, thank you!)
- Enough pizza
and veggies to feed a horse
- EXCELLENT speakers
Funding from HUD, the MBTA, the City and foundations like The Boston
Foundation generated the real excitement. Transportation planning, community development,
transportation access for 90,000 residents within 1/2 mile or the
corridor is now a growing reality.
Barbara Fields, director at HUD said so. "What I say about Boston
is that we know how to get it done. So bring it on. Bring
the money here. " How could you not be excited with money flowing
like rivers of plenty!
Barbara is right. Boston has worked very hard to set up the
Fairmount Corridor as a worthwhile, if not national model, on how to
build sustainable communities.
We will reap the rewards for 14
years of hard work and we will spread
the message to other communities on the planet.
|Four New Comuter Rail Stations
||The MBTA is currently investing $130 million to construct four new
commuter rail stations on the Fairmount Indigo Commuter Rail line at
Newmarket, Four Corners, Talbot Avenue, and Blue Hill Avenue/Cummins
Highway, three of which are already under construction. The new
stations will decrease commuting times to downtown Boston by half.
|Fairmount Indigo Receiving $380,000
- $100,000 grant from the Boston Foundation
- $30,000 from the Garfield
- $250,000 from the BRA
|HUD Awards Grants to DND
monies will support the corridor through investments in affordable
housing, social and community oriented programs, and mixed-use and
transit oriented development.
- $20 million Choice
- $1.8 million Community Challenge grant.
|DND Investment in the Corridor
|Over the last 10 years DND has invested more
than $138M in the corridor by helping over 100 small businesses with
new store fronts and signage, providing financial assistance to over
1,000 First Time Homebuyers, assisting over 1,600 homeowners with home
repairs, developing over 2,800 affordable housing units, and developing
nearly 7,000 market and affordable housing units through Lead the Way.