Program Creates a Blank Slate for Artists

Massachusetts is home to thousands of “brownfields” – buildings and land that are blighted and hampered by chemical contamination – with many in Gateway Cities. This year marks the 24th anniversary of the launch of a highly successful investment program that’s redeveloped hundreds of these sites.

Hot Property: Fitchburg City Hall

A renovation of Fitchburg’s city hall by Medford-based Bond Construction garnered Preservation Massachusetts’ Paul & Niki Tsongas Award, which recognizes the best in historic preservation efforts across the commonwealth.   

A Road Map to Revitalizing Downtown Fitchburg

Francisco Torres is working with Fitchburg to restore vitality and bring more foot traffic to its downtown, helping potential retail tenants seek lease subsidies and providing developers with advice on converting vacant buildings into housing.  

Abandoned Athol, Fitchburg Homes in Line for Rehab

Five towns central Massachusetts towns hit hard by foreclosures after the 2008 recession stand to benefit from a multi-agency program that aims to rehab blighted properties, incorporating energy efficiency measures, and to sell the newly-efficient homes to low- and moderate-income families.

A New Canvas in Fitchburg

Fitchburg’s public and non-profit sectors are preparing to roll out a $100 million red carpet to entice private developers, retailers and restaurateurs to join in revitalization efforts of the city’s downtown area.