New England News
4:34 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Gov. Patrick Authorizes Spending On Several Projects

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has released a plan to spend $1.8 billion on construction projects including several in western Massachusetts.

Horse barns built in 2012 at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, MA as a part of a phased redevelopment
Credit WAMC

The plan includes $3 million for a drainage project at the Three County Fairgrounds and surrounding neighborhood in Northampton.  Mayor David Narkewicz said resolving flooding problems will help advance a $40 million redevelopment of the fairgrounds.

"This project was unique in that it is going to help us deal with a municipal issue that affects homes and properities, but it is also going to be critical to the ongoing redevelopment of the Three County Fairgrounds that has local and regional economic development and tourism impact."

Also, the state will spend $51 million to upgrade a science building at UMass Amherst, $400,000 for a student activity center and library at Springfield Technical Community College and $10 million to expand broadband in western Massachusetts.