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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Trickle Down Affect Of Incorrect Information…

Here are the answers to questions regarding the $490,000 grant from Governor Deval Patrick that involves the extension of the Community Path from Cedar to Lowell Street.

Q: What does the grant actually cover?
A: An access road from Lowell Street and the future bike path to MaxPak. Meaning, the public will be able to walk through MaxPak Square to the Community Path once it is completed.

A: When will it be completed?
Q: The completion date of Magoun Square Station (as I would like it to be called) is 2015. However, this is subject to change.

Q: Who does the grant go to?
A: The City of Somerville to be reimbursed to KSS Realty as they submit invoices upon work completion.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at


Anonymous said...

Why is this state giving KSS Reality anything? 500,000 dollars for a bike path from Cedar to Lowell! Is this the yellow brick road?


John on Princeton Street said...

Let me see if I've got this straight. The state gives, not loans, but gives KSS $490K to build an access road from the Community Path which is not built yet to a place that currently does not exist and, if I'm not mistaken, is/will be privately owned property (call it MaxPak Square if you like) yet we, the Somerville taxpayers, have to pony up 50% of the construction costs to build the path itself? If I'm right, and please correct me if I'm wrong, this stinks to the high heavens.

KSS should not, for any reason, see a dime of taxpayer money. Either this is a private venture or it's not.

Todd said...

I am confused by this - a $500k grant was given so that "the public will be able to walk through MaxPak Square to the Community Path."

Why would people need to walk through "Makpak Square" to get to the bike path? Maybe people coming from Clyde Street, but they could just as easily walk down Warwick Street to get to the bike path - a bike path which does not exist.

I can grudgingly accept that a large grant being used to entice a private developer. But what sticks in my craw is that the mayor and governor had a big press conference stating that this grant would be used to build the actual bike path - at least that's how they made it sound.