More than $52 million worth of repairs could be on its way to Lynn thanks to the region’s Beacon Hill delegation.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a $3.5 billion bond bill which focuses on capital improvements statewide.
“There are lots of capital needs in Lynn and these projects were chosen because the delegation heard from residents, community groups, and organizations on what they would like to see repaired in the city,” said Rep. Daniel Cahill (D-Lynn). “We are hopeful the governor will authorize them.”
Funding for many projects included within the measure will benefit the city of Lynn. These projects include:
- $45 million for modernization of Lynn District Court to address life safety, holding and security, and circulation
- $2.5 million for the deferred maintenance of North Shore Community College.
- $2 million renovation and improvement of Fraser Field.
- $1 million for renovation and improvement of Connery Memorial Rink.
- $1 million for repair and rehabilitation of fire stations.
- $1 million for repairs and improvements of the Stone Cottage at High Rock Reservation.
- $100,000 for renovation and improvements of Lynn Heritage State Park Visitor’s Center.
- $500,000 for the design and construction of the Lynn Community Path.
Rep. Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn) and a candidate for state Sen. Thomas M. McGee’s soon-to-be-vacant seat in the Senate, said the 45-year-old courthouse is in dire need of renovation.
“The court is in serious need of a capital update, not to mention technology upgrades that are necessary,” he said. “It’s a huge amount of money, but it’s one of the biggest courts around.”
Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus) said the bill is a great example of what can happen when all the representatives work together for the betterment of the community.
State Rep. Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead) said she was happy to see that many amendments to the bill fill crucial North Shore needs.
“The funding touches upon many different aspects of the community, from public safety with fire station upgrades and modernization of the courthouse, to the social and cultural life of the city with Fraser Field and the Connery Ice Rink,” she said in a statement.
The House version of the bill will be considered by the Senate in January and must be approved by Gov. Charlie Baker before it becomes law.