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University hosts downtown infrastructure announcement

Posted 12/06/19

State and local officials celebrate the MassWorks announcement.Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined Fitchburg Mayor Stephen DiNatale, Fitchburg State University President Richard Lapidus, Senator Dean Tran, Representative Stephan Hay, and other local leaders to announce a MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant of $3 million for improvements to Main and Boulder streets. The MassWorks project will transform Fitchburg’s downtown into a more pedestrian and business-friendly district, supporting new housing and mixed-use developments and the rehabilitation of the Fitchburg Theater.
MassWorks funds will convert both Main and Boulder streets from one-way to two-way streets, increasing traffic safety and circulation, and creating a walkable, bikeable business district. These improvements will spur the rehabilitation and renovation of the Fitchburg Theater on Main Street, a nearly 24,000 square foot cultural and commercial building that is already home to Fitchburg State University’s small business IdeaLab. Up to five commercial storefronts are planned for the first floor.
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