BOSTON- Thursday, State Senator Nick Collins joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts State Senate to finalize a long term investment bond bill geared towards public facilities. The infrastructure bill reflects a commitment to investing in important public facilities across the Commonwealth. Senator Collins successfully advocated for nearly $60 million in investments to the South Boston, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Hyde Park in the form of courthouse renovation and repairs, investments in the Boston Public Library system, and Boston Fire and Police Department infrastructure.
“Bonding is a unique tool the Commonwealth has to make critical public investments across our state” said Senator Collins. “I am proud to collaborate with my colleagues in the House and Senate to secure these funds for important projects in our district. Courthouses, libraries, and fire stations are vital public services for residents, and it is important that these facilities get the infrastructure funding they need so they can continue to provide these services in our growing communities.”
The bill passed includes
- $19 million for renovations and repairs to the Dorchester District Courthouse
- $18 million for renovations and repairs to the South Boston District Courthouse
- $10 million for the construction of a Boston Public Library in the South Boston Waterfront
- $10 million for upgrades and improvements at the Uphams Corner Library and Strand Theatre
- $1.5 million for the restoration of the Old Comfort Station Building in Mattapan Square
- $1 million for the Boston Fire Department for Engine upgrades
- $1 million for the Boston Police Department headquarters upgrades
- $500,000 for public access infrastructure on the Neponset River in Mattapan
- $500,000 for the Factory Hill Park and Community Garden in Hyde Park
The bill will now move to the Governor’s desk for approval.