The Mayor's Office announced new funding for capital projects across the city, including a number in the Southern / Coisine area. The updates arising from City Hall are highlighted on an interactive map showing the following new plans for the neighborhood:
Cutillo Park ($ 200,000) – Designed for comprehensive parking restoration including drainage, lot of play, courts, passive areas, paths, landscaping, site fittings and infrastructure.
North Branch Branch Library ($ 1,475,000) – Evaluate the existing internal and external physical conditions and systems according to how well the branch can carry out Compass principles; developing and implementing an improvement plan. West End Branch Library is also included for an additional assessment of a $ 100,000 facility and a study for a new branch.
Christopher Columbus Park ($ 1,000,000) – Refurbishment of playground including play structure, safety surface, fencing, lighting, site fittings, footpath repairs, drainage, signage and green infrastructure to mitigate future sea level rise.
The city funding is focused on public community spaces. It is worth noting that the three new projects respond to needs expressed by local residents through various non-profit “Friends” groups, such as Cutillo Park Friends, North Branch Branch Friends and Christopher Columbus Park Friends.
City project map reaffirms projects under construction, including $ 35.6 million to refurbish 585 Commercial Street for Eliot K-8 school expansion and $ 12.3 million for Langone Play Park and Puopolo / climate resilience restoration. A design is already a project to address the Long Harbor structural and flood issues ($ 300k). And of course, with State funding, a total budget of $ 219 million to build Washington North Street Bridge, plus $ 100 million estimated for the Northern Avenue Bridge.
The news of additional projects comes as the City completes the existing reforms by Paul Revere Mall (Prado) estimated to be $ 2.9 million and the North Square ($ 1.7 million), due to open this Spring.