Charlestown Is a Big Winner In Mayor Walsh’s City Budget

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh unveiled his $2.7 billion fiscal year 2015 budget to the City Council . In it is Walsh and the city’s five year $1.9 billion capital plan, “Building a Better Boston,” that the Walsh administration has dubbed an investment program for the City’s future and has several earmarks for Charlestown.

The five year capital plan, which will span from FY15 to FY19, has an underlying framework for the strategic use of infrastructure to promote economic development, neighborhood vitality, quality education, health care, and public safety; comprehensive planning to lay the foundation for future growth; and effective government management to deliver necessary municipal services efficiently.

The Charlestown Pool will get $2.7 million for rehabilitation of the pool’s bathhouse, its two pool shells, exterior pool deck, and mechanical systems.

Charlestown Navy Yard Pier 11 will get $375,000 for fender system improvements and new fender piles and walls. Pier 4 will get $2,511,000 design and installation of pier infrastructure improvements. Pier 5 will get $975,000 for pier and drydock repairs.

The Shipyard Park Public will receive $195,000 to replace the fountain pump system and gratings.

The Engine 50 Firehouse will get $2,120,000 for general renovations including the building’s exterior and interior.

The Caldwell Street Playground will get $250,000 for park renovation including pruning, refurbished play structure, new swings, spring toys, safety surfacing, and miscellaneous repairs.

The Harvard Mall Play Area will get $450,000 for a complete renovation of the tot lot and surrounding area including fencing, paving, and lighting.

The John Harvard Mall will get $970,000 to renovate the existing passive park and improve accessibility.

Winthrop Square III will get $629,330 to landscape the area and install new perimeter fencing.

City, state and federal money will be used for the $63 million Alford Street Bridge project that will replace the bridge.

The Cambridge Street Bridge will get $235,000 to inspect the bridge and perform repairs as needed.

“While this budget reflects my own priorities, it also reflects the priorities of the people of Boston,” said Walsh. “Since January, we have listened to voices from all across this great city, and we have learned about people’s needs, ideas, and hopes for the future. This budget is balanced, smart, and invests in the people of this city. It invests in our children; in opportunity, in well being, and in our neighborhoods. I want to thank everyone who has worked on this budget; this is a budget that combines deep experience with innovative ideas to produce an ambitious vision for Boston.”

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