As everyone knows by now, CPA funds are to be dedicated to three areas: Affordable Housing, Historic Preservation and Open Spaces. (With Recreation sort off floating around between Historic Preservation and Open Spaces.)
Well, it is quite a list – the only one’s that seem dubious are the affordable housing projects as in the circumstances and details. Fortunately, it will be thoroughly reviewed by the committee soon on March 8th. There has been a lot of noise made about focusing on this category alone for CPA funds. I think it will be a big mistake and a poor use of taxpayer’s money.
Just so you know my opinion – I don’t have much faith in these projects unless the City is in complete control of the property. That way, there is no danger of having a slimy developer wiggling their way out!
After that circus, the historic projects will be reviewed on March 22nd.
Finally, the open space & recreation projects on April 26th.
Here they are:
|Project Title||Applicant||Project Location||Amount Requested||Category|
|YWCA Affordable Housing||YWCA of Greater Newburyport||11 Market Street||120,000.00||Affordable Housing|
|Down Payment Assistance and MLS Input-Only Listing Services||Newburyport Affordable Housing Trust||Various Affordable Resale Units||75,000.00||Affordable Housing|
|Newburyport Housing Rehabilition Progam||City of Newburyport, Office of Planning & Community Development||Various||125,000.00||Affordable Housing, Historc Resource|
|Milk Street Affordable Housing||American Training, Inc.||41 Milk Street||49,450.00||Affordable Housing|
|Restoration – Old South Church Roof||Old South, First Presbyterian Church||29 Federal Street||20,000.00||Historic Resource|
|Restoration – Belleville Congregational Church||Belleville Congregational Church Restoration Group||300 High Street||70,000.00||Historic Resource|
|Restoration Project – St. Anna’s Chapel Restoration Project||Capital Campaign Committee, St. Paul’s Church||166 High Street||35,000.00||Historic Resource|
|Open Space Fund||Open Space Committee||Not Applicable||100,000.00||Open Space|
|Moseley to Maudslay Trail Connection Project||City of Newburyport, Office of Planning & Community Development||Maudslay State Park||86,000.00||Open Space, Recreation|
|Clipper City Rail Trail Extension Project||City of Newburyport, Office of Planning & Community Development||Waterfront, South End||125,000.00||Open Space, Recreation|
|Joppa Park Renovation||Newburyport Parks Commission||Water Street||65,000.00||Open Space, Historic Resource, Recreation|
|Bartlett Wharf Timber Conservation||City of Newburyport & Newburyport Maritime Society||115 Water Street, 25 Water Street||3,740.00||Historic Resource|
|Rediscovering Caleb Cushing||Rediscovering Caleb Cushing Committee||Highland Hill Cemetery||4,000.00||Historic Resource|
|Oak Hill Cemetery Gravestone Restoration||Proprietors of Oak Hill Cemetery||Oak Hill Cemetery||1,995.00||Historic Resource, Open Space, Recreational|
|Newburyport Clipper Heritage Trail||Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and Industry||38R Merrimac Street||6,344.00||Historic Resource, Recreation|
The total requested is $886,529.00. Talk about musical chairs!
This list is downloadable here.