Community Development Block Grant Programs

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 four approved target areas at this time: The Downtown
Area, the Morris/Coombs Neighborhood, the Worcester/Henry
Neighborhood and the Globe Village Area.

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 project at 215 Morris Street is complete.

Commercial Improvements(Signs and Awnings) -  Sign and awning projects are complete.  The following businesses were recipients of the program:  The Thread Connect, (a custom t-shirt and embroidery shop), Volume Color & Hair Design Studio, both on Main Street, Starlite Gallery on Hamilton Street and Styles clothing shop at the corner of Main and Central Street.

Reconstruction of Overland Street, Lower Chestnut Street and Lower Morris Street - The Overland Street roadway and sidewalk project is complete, however, with remaining funds, we are able to resurface(milling and overlay) a portion of the roadway on Morris Street beginning at the intersection of Maria Avenue, running north approximately 4000 sy.  Included in the resurfacing project is the need for National Grid to replace the gas main and laterals. This work was completed at the end of July and the contractor will now resume the milling and overlay work during the week of August 20, 2018. 

Grant Year FY17 - The Town of Southbridge was awarded $775,000.00 for the following projects:

RECONSTRUCTION OF THE CENTRAL STREET PARKING LOT - PHASE 1 (See the Project Plans in the attachment below)

A contract has been executed between the Town and B & W Paving and Landscaping LLC to complete Phase 1 of the Central Street Parking Lot project.  Work will start at the beginning of September. 

  • 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

Grant Year FY18 - The Town was awarded a CDBG Grant for FY18 in the amount of $825,000.  The grant will fund Phase 2 of the Central Street Parking Lot project, a Part-Time Code Enforcement Officer and Commercial Improvements in the Downtown Target area.