Community Preservation Act Staff to Hold Charlestown Meeting

The Community Preservation Act (CPA) staff members will return to Charlestown for a second meeting aimed at generating more applications for the millions of dollars in funding available from the new community chest.

The first round of funding came out a few months ago, and in the first round, Charlestown was one of the only neighborhoods without an application.

Director Christine Poff looks to change that, as do the Charlestown elected officials, and they are hoping that the community meetings can generate understanding and excitement in the Town

The City of Boston, Rep. Dan Ryan, Councilor Lydia Edwards and neighbors in Charlestown will host the informational session on Aug. 14. The city’s CPA staff will be on hand to answer questions about the CPA and what kinds of projects are eligible for funding, and to gather ideas about potential projects in Charlestown.

The Charlestown CPA Meeting will focus on affordable housing as well as historic preservation, open space, and public recreation. Residents are encouraged to come out to learn about the kinds of projects eligible for CPA funding and to share your thoughts on potential projects for Charlestown.

The meeting will take place in St. Francis de Sales Church Hall, 303 Bunker Hill St., from 6-8 p.m.

The Community Preservation Act (CPA) was approved by Ballot in November 2016. It is a state law that secures funding by a percentage payment tax on Property Tax Bills. This past year, the City of Boston formed a Community Preservation Committee to direct funding.

Currently, $20-30 million dollars are in process, with funding growth as the new properties are constructed.

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