State Announces $1.5 Million MassWorks Award for Sandwich

Award will extend George Fernandes Way and support affordable housing in Terrapin Ridge
Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito presents Sandwich officials with their $1.5 million grant as Rep. Randy Hunt and Rep. Vinny deMacedo look on. (Courtesy of Rep. Hunt)

SANDWICH – October 25, 2018 – Today, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined Sandwich Town Manager Bud Dunham. Selectman Chairman Dave Sampson, Senator Vinny diMacedo, Representative Randy Hunt and other local and state officials to announce a $1.5 million MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant for the George Fernandes Way access road project.

The MassWorks funds will support the Terrapin Ridge development, a 40B project with 30 new units of affordable housing planned on a 10-acre site owned by the Sandwich Housing Authority (SHA) and developed by The Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development.

“Our Administration is committed to investing in programs like MassWorks, which impact not only local infrastructure, but also play a critical role in strengthening businesses and the communities that surround them,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “MassWorks is one of many administration initiatives that enable local communities to tap into private investment and accelerate local economic growth across the Commonwealth.”  

“I am thrilled to be in Sandwich to award $1.5 million in MassWorks funding for George Fernandes Way and to support affordable housing here,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “The Governor and I are pleased to continue to make the investments in the public infrastructure our cities and towns need to create sustainable growth.”

“Through the flexibility of MassWorks, we have been able to drive over two million square feet of new commercial space, made possible by listening to individual communities’ needs and by responding with individualized programs that benefit many stakeholders, such as this project, which will enable an important 40B development and facilitate Sandwich’s affordable housing goals,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash.  “Our office saw another competitive round of MassWorks for 2018 and we are happy to keep the momentum going across the Commonwealth in the year ahead.”

Expansion of George Fernandes Way will connect Terrapin Ridge to an existing 12-unit development owned by the Sandwich Housing Authority. The roadwork will increase pedestrian safety and facilitate access to community facilities and greenspace for new and existing residents. Terrapin Ridge is designed as a village with nine townhouse-style buildings, including eight residential buildings and a community building. Construction is expected to begin in 2020.

The project will be developed by the Women’s Institute Realty Inc., not-for-profit arm of The Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development, which is known for its award winning support of families in need.

“We couldn’t ask for better partners to work with and are thrilled to receive the Baker-Polito Administration’s financial support, which will make the project more economically feasible,” said Selectmen Chairman Dave Sampson. “The Town has worked cooperatively with the Sandwich Housing Authority for more than 25 years to support its mission and to make this affordable housing expansion succeed. We donated the 20 acres that this and an adjoining project sit on, provided almost $1.9 million in Community Preservation Act funding, and partnered closely with the Housing Authority and the Women’s Institute in applying for the MassWorks grant.”

“The Women’s Institute is profoundly grateful to MassWorks for its approval of the Town of Sandwich’s application seeking to create safer access to our proposed Terrapin Ridge development.  Affordable housing is critically needed across the Commonwealth and we, in partnership with the Town of Sandwich, look forward to expanding housing options on Cape Cod to support families in need,” said Loni Willey, Women’s Institute Acting Executive Director.

“We've been so fortunate to have the long standing support of the Town to create much needed affordable housing in our community.  Many thanks to the state and our development partner, Women's Institute, for sharing in this vision,” said Paula Schnepp, Executive Director of the Sandwich Housing Authority.

“I want to thank the Baker-Polito Administration for their support of the town of Sandwich as it continues to add affordable housing opportunities in our community,” said Senator Vinny deMacedo. “The Cape Cod region, and Sandwich in particular, is a wonderful place to work and raise a family. This grant will provide access to more affordable housing and make that goal a reality for more people in our community.”

“Increasing access to affordable housing in Sandwich is important for the growth and well-being of the community. This roadway will provide an easy route to 30 new units of affordable housing for residents as well as making it easier for emergency vehicle access,” said Representative Randy Hunt.

Since 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded over $275 million in MassWorks grants to support 138 projects in 106 communities. MassWorks funding has been critical to the addition of over 2 million square feet of commercial/retail space, approximately 10,000 full and part time jobs, more than 7,000 immediate housing units, at least 7,000 square feet of new public space and 1,200 new hotel rooms.

Through the 2018 MassWorks round, the Administration will award more than $82 million in new grants for 40 projects that intend to leverage $2.9 billion in private investment, and drive an anticipated 4,000 units of new housing and more than 9,000 full time jobs. 37 communities across the Commonwealth will benefit from this round’s investments.

Governor Baker signed economic development legislation in August that includes substantial new funding for municipalities, including another $250 million for MassWorks awards. The legislation builds on the Baker-Polito Administration’s work to partner with communities to catalyze economic development and create new opportunities for residents across the Commonwealth, including the 2016 Job Creation and Workforce Development act, which authorized $1 billion to support economic development efforts across the state, including $500 million authorization for MassWorks Infrastructure Program, enhanced tools and the introduction of new strategies for job-readiness efforts.

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