Grant delay leaves Blocksidge Field article up in air

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As Monday’s Special Town Meeting approached, supporters of an article to build a multisport artificial turf field and demolish the grandstands at Blocksidge Field were trying to determine what course to take after learning that a state grant announcement they were waiting for will not be made until December. One of seven articles on the warrant, the proposal was only supposed to be heard if the town received notice that it was eligible for a state grant of up to $400,000 for the first phase of the stadium project, which would cost $1.5 million, and also include the building of foundations for the future installation of grandstands, light towers, and related work. However, the town recently learned that the state’s Division of Conservation and Recreation is not planning to announce the recipients of grants until early December. The second phase, which would include building grandstands and light towers, would be privately funded. Other articles on the warrant include one seeking $151,000 for the acquisition of approximately 4 acres at Philips Beach, to clarify the title for access purposes, and another seeking additional funding for veterans services. Copies of the warrant are posted at the town website at The Special Town Meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Swampscott High School.

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