Ayer Awarded $750,000 Community Development Grant

BOSTON – State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) and State Representative Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg) announced the Town of Ayer has been awarded a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development for important infrastructure improvements in the historic Grove Pond Neighborhood.

“I want to thank the Baker-Polito administration for awarding Ayer this important community development grant, which will help provide sustainable infrastructure improvements for low and moderate income housing in the historic Grove Pond Neighborhood,” Eldridge said. “I have seen firsthand what a huge difference these grants can make for residents and communities, and I want to thank Ayer town officials for their dedication to making this important investment in our neighborhoods.”

“I’m thrilled that Ayer has been awarded this Community Development Block Grant to make improvements to the Prospect and Oak Street areas in the Grove Pond Neighborhood,” Benson said. “The CDBG program is a vital resource for Massachusetts towns, and I’m glad that Congress went against the wishes of the current presidential administration and funded the program in FY19.”

According to town officials, the Grove Pond Neighborhood suffers from deteriorating infrastructure. The water lines date back to 1896 and sewer lines to 1948. Both systems are obsolete and failing, and are a public health and safety threat to the households in the neighborhood.

The $750,000 CDBG grant will go towards building new sidewalks, improving roadway surfaces, and implementing new water and sewer lines.