Nonantum will get a facelift with help from federal funds

The Italian flag’s tricolor adorns the base of a utility pole at Watertown and Adams streets, in the heart of the village of Nonantum.
The Italian flag’s tricolor adorns the base of a utility pole at Watertown and Adams streets, in the heart of the village of Nonantum.Credit: Photos by Rose Lincoln for the Boston Globe

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Nonantum, an historically Italian-American neighborhood, is starting to show its age with buckled sidewalks, faded brick façades and playground equipment worn with use.

So, Newton officials are planning to spend $460,400 in federal grant money to buff up the village in the coming months.

The city is planting new trees, installing wheelchair ramps along the sidewalks, and fixing gutters. Newton officials will seek bids this summer to renovate Pellegrini Park, and is launching a façade improvement program for the village.

“We have these unique villages, we want to ensure they’re vibrant and they’re walkable and they are attractive for businesses to remain,” said Mayor Setti Warren. “We’re using all resources available.”

Newton is funding many of these improvements through the federal Community Development Block Grant program.

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