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Community Preservation Act: 8 Dorchester Projects

Thanks to the the Community Preservation Act funding, eight Dorchester projects have been recommended for funding approval by Mayor Marty Walsh including a new playground for the Joseph Lee School, growing food and fruit trees near Fields Corner and renovation of Coppens Square.

To refresh your memory, back in 2016 we voted in favor of the Community Preservation Act which levies a $1 percent surcharge on property taxes to help fund community projects.

According to the Boston Business Journal, a list of projects include an outdoor exercise at the YMCA in Hyde Park to stabilize, restore, and weatherproof the First Baptist Church steeple in Back Bay. There are 56 total project recommended for $34 million in funding.   You can check out a full list here! 

Here’s the full list of Dot Projects:

$850,000 for a new playground for the Joseph Lee K-8 School

$790,000 to complete the renovation of Garvey Playground including a community-requested dog park.

$600,000 to build a new park for family day care programs and community events adjacent to Lena Park’s affordable housing units.

$500,000 to renovate the Pierce Building at Uphams Corner

$460,000 to purchase three lots for a new park and playground at Norwell Street

$140,000 to plan and design a new park in the center of Grove Hall, across from the Jeremiah E. Burke High School, Grove Hall Branch Library, and Grove Hall Community Center.

$100,000 to design the renovation of Coppens Square with a fountain, plaza, and landscaping.

$75,000 to the Farmers Collaborative to renovate an empty lot to grow food, an arbor, and fruit trees near Fields Corner.

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