Gov. Deval Patrick announced plans Tuesday to send $11 million to Brockton for the redevelopment of the Brockton Enterprise’s former downtown newspaper offices.
The additional $11 million through the MassWorks Infrastructure Grant Program follows $4 million the city received in 2012 for the same project. The first phase of the project, which is walking distance from a commuter rail stop, would create 71 apartments, 29 of which would be affordable, and 42 live/work spaces for local artists, along with an art gallery. The former newspaper building will be converted into 52,000 square feet of office space.
The Enterprise offices are now located outside downtown, along Route 123.
“The project is expected to retain 219 current jobs and create an estimated 575 new part-time jobs and 36 new full-time jobs,” the Patrick administration said in a press release.
The assistance for the Trinity Financial development in Brockton was one part of a state tour Patrick is making, to tout state funding for capital projects.
"Trinity Financial is ecstatic to have reached this milestone in the redevelopment of the historic Enterprise Block in downtown Brockton," said Kenan Bigby, the Vice President of Trinity Financial Inc., in a statement. He said, "The Commonwealth's resources will leverage more than $68 million in private financing aimed at transforming and reinvigorating the heart of one of the Commonwealth's most storied Gateway Cities. We look forward to getting this project underway and bringing the vision that so many have worked for to fruition."
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