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Town gets $25,000 grant for downtown reboot

Stoughton is getting federal funds to help with its efforts to upgrade the appearance of the downtown.

The state recently awarded the town a $25,000 federal Community Development Block Grant to develop design guidelines for downtown storefront improvements, according to Pamela McCarthy, the town’s economic development director. The grant will also pay for conceptual designs to enhance three storefronts at no cost to the selected property owners.

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Stoughton became eligible for the grant after completing a Town-Wide Community Development Strategy document and a survey of the conditions of infrastructure and 290 commercial and residential properties in the downtown. That survey was made possible through a $15,000contribution from the Stoughton Redevelopment Authority.

The town expects to have an architect in place this fall to begin work on the design guidelines.

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Business owners interested in having a conceptual design prepared for their business exteriors can contact McCarthy at 781-341-1300, ext. 9265, or pmccarthy@stoughton-ma.gov.

The town plans to seek additional grant money to help property owners in making physical improvements.

John Laidler can be reached at john.laidler@globe.com.
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