The Town of Southbridge is a grantee of the Massachusetts Community
Development Block Grant Program, funded by HUD through the MA Department
of Housing and Community Development. CDBG projects must serve persons of
low/moderate income or correct or prevent slums and blight. The Town has
been fortunate to receive several of these grants, and currently has a
number of "CDBG" projects underway. We are required to work in target
areas, and we have three approved target areas at this time: The Downtown
Area, the Morris/Coombs Neighborhood, and the Worcester/Henry
Current CDBG projects include the following:
Grant Year FY16 (please click on the links below for a detail of each project).
Demolition of Distressed Property - The demolition of the structure at 215 Morris Street is scheduled to be finished by September 2017.
Reconstruction of Overland Street, Lower Chestnut Street and Lower Morris Street - Work is scheduled to begin during the summer of 2017 and finish by December 31, 2017.
Grant Year FY17 - The town applied for the FY17 grant in March 2017. We will be notified in late summer of the grant award.
The following projects were included in the application:
RECONSTRUCTION OF THE CENTRAL STREET PARKING LOT - PHASE 1
- Improve circulation/safety and improve overall access for vehicles and pedestrians
- Enhance overall appearance for increased aesthetic value
- Provide more visibility from the surrounding streets (i.e. canopy, banners, signage, etc.)
- Create plaza for outdoor activities (i.e. farmer's market)
- Consolidate and enclose unsightly dumpsters in the area
- Re-pavement with upgraded drainage
- Upgraded fencing
- Rebuild retaining wall
(Landscape improvements will be part of Phase 2, which will be included in the FY18 grant application.)
HIRE A PART-TIME CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
The Code Enforcement Office will hold landlords accountable to repairing and maintaining their buildings, which will assist in the elimination of slum and blight on an area basis. Measurable outcomes include:
- Decrease incidents of health and safety issues that impact quality of life for residents and visibly affect the look of the neighborhood in a negative way
- Ensure compliance with Local, State and Federal Regulations and enforce codes
- Correct code enforcement violations identified during inspections
- Increase code enforcement at previously foreclosed properties that have since been purchased by investors
- Preserve the overall neighorhood character, and ensure that residents maintain regulations and keep to community standards.
- Attract new businesses and improve the economic health of the Town