Seven Projects Make First Cut for Community Preservation Funding

Seven of eight projects passed the first test that could ultimately see them funded through the Community Preservation Committee.

On Wednesday, Oct. 8, the committee announced applications that were approved in the preliminary round of assessments.

The only project that did not make the initial cut was $170,000 to make the Press Box at Harris Field compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The committee decided the request did not fall under one of the four categories that CPA funds can be directed: historic preservation, open space, community housing and outdoor recreation. The press box – which is located on the top level of the main stands – has been closed since 2013 when it was determined those with mobile disabilities could not reach the area.

The seven applications that will be moving forward in the CPC process are:

  • Belmont Veterans Memorial Project: $150,000
  • Wellington Station exterior restoration and rehabilitation: $26,300
  • Electrical upgrade at units owned by the Belmont Housing Authority: $522,500
  • Winn Brook Tennis Courts: $295,000
  • Pequossette Tennis Courts: $250,000
  • Digitization of historic Belmont newspapers from 1890 to 1983: $25,000
  • Rehabilitation and restoration of the 1853 Homer House: $100,000.

Applicants are now required to submit more detailed proposals to the committee. A final committee recommendation on funding any of the remaining projects will take place early in 2015. The annual Town Meeting will have the final say on allocating CPA funds.

The Community Preservation Act was adopted by Belmont voters in 2010. The fund is financed by property tax surcharges and annual distributions received from the State “Massachusetts Community Preservation Trust Fund.”

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