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Grant aims to boost new restaurants in downtown Brockton

The city of Brockton is getting $1.5 million in federal money to lend to restaurants that want to open downtown in the urban revitalization district.

The money is a grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and was announced in a press release on Jan. 23 by the state’s two senators and US Representative Stephen Lynch.

“This fund will be of huge benefit to downtown Brockton,” Mayor Robert F. Sullivan said. “Restaurants are a crucial part of creating any thriving neighborhood. I am grateful to the federal delegation for securing this loan guarantee and making investment in Brockton a priority.”


The idea of getting federal loans to beef up the city’s downtown restaurant scene, as part of the city’s urban renewal plan for 66 acres in its center, came from former mayor Bill Carpenter, who died mid-term in the summer of 2019.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com