Brockton: State gives $11 million for downtown redevelopment

Mixed-income apartments, office space, green space, and parking spaces – they’re all part of the redevelopment plan for the Enterprise block on Main Street in Brockton. It centers around the now-vacant Enterprise newspaper building. Governor Deval Patrick is announcing fifteen million dollars in help from the state to fund the project.

“This is how we build a brighter future. Step by step, piece by piece, but understanding at each step how those pieces connect,” Governor Patrick said. “And that it may not be done overnight, but it will be done in time for another generation to have a better life.”

Mayor Linda Balzotti assures the new living spaces will cater to a wide variety of economic backgrounds.

“There are different levels of housing that we need, and that’s what these projects are. They’re projects that involve mixed of housing. There’s market-rate housing, affordable housing, work-force development housing. It’s a comparable mix,” said Brockton Mayor Linda Balzotti.

This development will serve as a beacon to other businesses, according to the Governor.

“My guess is that as the projects continue to mature, the shops that come in will also reflect the diversity of the community,” Governor Patrick said. “There will be different kinds of restaurants, and other sorts of shops that draw the variety that is Brockton into downtown Brockton. It’ll be pretty exciting.”

The hundred million dollar project is expected to create 575 new part time jobs and 36 new full-time jobs, according to the Governor’s office.

Governor Deval Patrick speaks at the press conference announcing an $11 million dollar grant towards downtown Brockton redevelopment

Governor Deval Patrick speaks at the press conference announcing an $11 million dollar grant towards downtown Brockton redevelopment

Governor Deval Patrick and Brockton Mayor Linda Balzotti examine renderings of the planned redevelopment for the Enterprise block of downtown Brockton.

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Steve comes to the South Shore by way of the Jersey Shore. Upon arriving at Emerson College in Boston back in 2010, and eventual graduation in 2014, Steve was immediately attracted to radio as an outlet for his reporting. Previous stops before the South Shore include WOBM on the Jersey Shore, WCCM in the Merrimack Valley, an internship at CBS Radio News' flagship station, WCBS 880 in New York City, and a few formative years at Emerson's WERS.