For Immediate Release
Contact: R. Michael Goman
East Hartford, CT – March 2021 – GOMAN+YORK is pleased to announce that our team has been chosen to provide consulting services to four (4) Massachusetts communities through the DHCD’s Massachusetts Downtown Initiative (MDI) Local Rapid Recovery Planning (LRRP) program, they include: Quincy (North Quincy Business District), Malden (Malden Center), Woburn (Woburn Center) and Shrewsbury (Shrewsbury Town Center District).
The LRRP program will work with 125 communities throughout Massachusetts and was developed as an immediate strategy program to provide technical assistance to key areas identified by the community applicants. The program approach will utilize data analysis, a local business survey, community assessments, collaboration and the strength of knowledge from both the community and the Planned Facilitators to develop actionable and realistic projects.
The projects identified will focus on the following categories: public realm, private realm, revenue & sales, administrative capacity, tenant mix and cultural/arts.
“We’re excited to bring our depth of real estate, development and economic development knowledge and experience to these Massachusetts communities,” said R. Michael Goman, Principal of GOMAN+YORK. “As we enter the recovery phase of the pandemic, it is crucial that every community has a plan in place for their road to recovery. Our Plan Facilitators chosen to work with the communities bring not only their knowledge and experience, but that of our entire team.”
Our team will consist of three (3) Plan Facilitators – Denise L. Robidoux, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Asset Management and Program Implementation Services; Nancy Nesbitt, Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Real Estate & Economic Development; and Cynthia Stewart, Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Public Policy & Community Development.
About MDI & LRRP
DHCD’s Massachusetts Downtown Initiative (MDI) offers a range of services and assistance to communities seeking help on how to revitalize their downtowns.
The primary mission of the MDI is to make downtown revitalization an integral part of community development in cities and towns across the Commonwealth. MDI’s guiding principles are that the most effective approach to downtown revitalization is a holistic one; that it addresses economic and community development needs; and that it provides a framework of interrelated activities that promote positive change in a downtown to keep it healthy and prosperous.
The Rapid Recovery Plan (RRP) Program is intended to provide municipalities in Massachusetts the opportunity to develop actionable, project-based recovery plans tailored to the unique economic challenges and COVID-19 related impacts to downtowns, town centers, and commercial areas across the commonwealth.
The LRRP program provides technical assistance by consultant teams with expertise in effective strategies to stabilize business districts. Applicants were matched with consultant team(s). There is a total of $9.5 million in technical assistance available, whether from a small-town center or a group of business districts within a large city, interested applicants were encouraged to apply. Streetsense is administering the overall program with MDI. LRRP projects must be completed by August 31, 2021.
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