Brockton: Agency using grant to redesign City Hall Plaza

The city of Brockton is receiving $155,000 in state funding to redesign City Hall Plaza. The grant was awarded by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs through the Gateway City Park Program.

The Brockton Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will oversee the project. BRA Executive Director Marc Resnick took a moment to explain what the funding will cover.

“The grant was specifically for design for the plaza as well as the preparation of the construction documents for the actual construction,” said Resnick.

Mayor Linda Balzotti says the City Hall Plaza project couldn’t have come at a better time.

“It’s in disrepair,” said Balzotti. “There are bricks that are missing and it’s dangerous for walking.”

She said the salt and sand that was used during the winter has also taken its toll on the plaza. City Hall Plaza will see improvements in several areas such as lighting, furniture, landscaping, increased handicapped accessibility and replacement of the brick pavers.

Once the design process is complete and the city can receive state assistance to fund the construction, the project could start as soon as next summer.

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About Kevin Tocci

Kevin Tocci is a Brockton area reporter, news anchor and host of Monday Night Talk which airs on Monday nights at 6:15 p.m. on 95.9FM WATD.