5/13/2020 0 Comments
Councilor Flaherty, as Chair of the City Council’s Committee on the Community Preservation Act, led the hearing to review and approve the Mayor’s recommendations.
BOSTON, MA - Boston City Councilor At-Large Michael F. Flaherty, Chair of the Council’s Committee on the Community Preservation Act, recently held a hearing to review and recommend passage of the appropriation of $24,309,000 in FY20 Community Preservation Fund revenues. The City of Boston’s Community Preservation Committee recommended these funds be used to support 40 projects across the city. This year, $15,750,000 will be used to support 9 affordable housing projects; $3,440,000 for historic preservation projects; and $5,119,000 for projects focused on the creation and preservation of recreational use and open space projects.
Following a very productive virtual hearing on Tuesday, May 5th with testimony from project advocates, neighborhood leaders, and representatives from the City of Boston, Councilor Flaherty has recommended passage of all 40 projects at the amounts designated. "I was pleased with the quality of the applications we received this year. Each and every project we reviewed was fully deserving of funding," said Councilor Flaherty. "Community Preservation Funds are all about making sure residents have a voice in the betterment of their communities and I am confident that each of these projects will go a long way towards improving the quality of life in our City."
The Community Preservation Fund was created upon the adoption of the Community Preservation Act, Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 44B in November 2016. In just three rounds of funding to date, over $67 million has been awarded to 131 projects spanning across every neighborhood of Boston. To date, 25% of funding has been devoted to 57 open space and recreational use projects, 22% of funding has been devoted to 52 historic preservation projects, and 53% of funding has been used for 21 affordable housing projects.
Councilor Flaherty is proud of the success of this program thus far, having taken a leadership role in the campaign alongside the Yes for A Better Boston Coalition for its passage by popular vote in the City of Boston in 2016 and as the Chairman of the City Council’s Community Preservation Committee since its inception. Many projects from earlier rounds of funding are at or nearing completion and have had a transformative effect on their neighborhoods already.
“Our residents, civic leaders, and community groups work tirelessly to make their neighborhoods better places to live, work and play,” said Councilor Flaherty. “CPA funds allow for community driven, transformational change in our communities and I am excited to see the impact all of these projects have.”