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Walsh announces $3.1m investment in Uphams Corner

Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced details of a plan Monday to breathe new life into the Uphams Corner section of Dorchester.

Walsh and the city’s Department of Public Works will invest $3.1 million
to improve streets, sidewalks, public spaces, and pedestrian and traffic safety, according to a prepared statement.

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The mayor said that improving commercial districts is a top priority for his administration.

“This investment gives more reasons for the people of this community to come out and enjoy all that Uphams Corner has to offer,” he said in the statement.

The project’s improvements will cover the area beginning on Columbia Road between Davern Avenue and Hamlet Street.

The work will include new pedestrian crossing signs, restored storefronts, and a $1.5 million sound and light system for the Strand Theatre.

New arts and culture programs will come to the neighborhood, as well, including a $500,000 public art commission from the Boston Foundation and Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, according to the statement.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.
tempera@globe.com
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