June 13, 2022
Pawtucket Announces TOD Public Access and Streetscape Enhancement
PAWTUCKET- On Monday, June 13th, Mayor Grebien was joined by Senators Reed and Whitehouse as they announced congressional funding for Pawtucket’s Transit Oriented Development District for street enhancements and public access.
Representatives from the Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency and Executive Director of the Pawtucket Foundation joined the Senators and City officials as they announced over $3 million dedicated to providing the ability for access to the new Pawtucket-Central Falls Transit Center.
“My job as an appropriator is to listen to the needs of our communities and deliver federal resources to help turn these projects into reality,” said Senator Reed. “This is about more than a new community plaza, it’s about smart, sustainable, transit-oriented growth. It’s about connecting people to opportunities – whether it’s transit mobility, economic mobility, or a chance to grow a business. The upgrades being made here will benefit the entire community and help attract private investment. I commend Mayor Grebien for his leadership and extensive collaboration to bring people together and spur commercial and residential development in the area. This is a terrific example of the benefits that can come from layering state and city-led projects together with federal funding, and Senator Whitehouse and I are proud to have partnered to make this $3 million award available to help make this vision a reality.”
"Senator Reed and I are glad to deliver this $3 million investment in Pawtucket’s future,” said Senator Whitehouse. “Making the area around the new transit hub more inviting and accessible is key to attracting additional private investment and creating jobs. I commend Mayor Grebien for his leadership on the continued transformation of the Conant Thread District.”
“We know how important it is to invest in this area and make it accessible with the new commuter rail station and bus hub coming soon,” said Mayor Donald R. Grebien. “The Conant Thread district is still developing and this funding will help to enhance the infrastructure in place and provide opportunities for pedestrians to have more access to the area.”
“We know how important developing the area is to Pawtucket as a whole,” said Pawtucket Foundation Executive Director, Jan Brodie. “This funding will allow for the continued enhancement of the area, something which is essential for those looking to invest and develop, live, and work along Pine Street and around the Pawtucket-Central Falls Transit Center.”
The funding will be dedicated to enhancements of the infrastructure in the area such as stormwater solutions and public access along Pine Street. The goal of this funding is to improve the area within the TOD.