NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city of North Adams has received a $25,000 matching MassDevelopment grant through the Commonwealth Places program to support the build out of improvements to historic Eagle Street.
New signage, outdoor seating, public art, and the addition of a seasonal parklet are just some of the new additions that this grant, submitted through the NAMAzing Eagle Street Initiative (NESI), will help support.
To receive the grant, NESI worked with Patronicity, a community project based crowdfunding portal, to raise the necessary $25,000. The group used creative approaches such as a hot dog eating competition, a 48-hour dollar-for-dollar match, and local business support to surpass their initial goal by more than $10,000, resulting in a fundraised total of $35,871 from 225 individual donors. With the matching grant from MassDevelopment, NESI will be able to execute a project budget of $60,871.
To achieve the various elements of this effort, NESI is seeking submissions from the general public on designs for the logo, parklet and artist commissions. Submissions for the logo design are due by July 30, parklet design by August 15 and artistic submissions will be accepted until November. Submission instructions and applications are available online. All are welcome to submit design proposals.
All elements of the project will be in place and active by summer 2018, and the reactivation of one of North Adams' most historic social and economic corridors will be fully under way. For more information, contact Jess Sweeney at 413-668-4126 or via email.
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