Community preservation was the topic of a presentation at this month’s North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA). Thadine Brown, director of community relations, City of Boston, provided an overview of how the Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding is being used for projects related to historic preservation, parks and open spaces, and affordable housing. With the State match, the 1% CPA tax surcharge on Boston properties is generating approximately $25 million per year.
In the first two CPA funding rounds, $1 million of went to the North End to support climate resiliency efforts at Langone Park and Puopolo Field and $1.9 million toward renovations of the Knights of Columbus Building (N. Margin St.) for an affordable housing development.
The downtown area was also awarded $315,000 to develop a Faneuil Hall Archaeology. Residents and tourists will be able to learn about Boston’s rich history through archaeology. They will also be able to access information online from a website that will also be created. Downtown will receive another $350,000 to restore the Old State House. Some of that funding will go to restoring the structure of the building as well as replacing the current windows. See a map of all community preservation act projects here.
Applications submitted from the North End this year include the construction of the Washington Garden at Old North Church.
A new application round for Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding is open with applications due September 27, 2019.