By John Lynds
Mayor Martin Walsh recently released his $3.48 billion plan that aims at supporting his Administration’s commitment to a responsible, balanced and bold budget, with increased investments in early childhood education, affordable housing, climate preparedness, recovery services, public safety and economic opportunity.
In the budget Walsh included his Fiscal Year 2020-2024 Capital Plan that includes money to kick off Mission Hill projects while getting others in the neighborhood over the goal line.
“This budget makes historic investments in public assets like schools, roads, bridges, parks, and libraries,” said Mayor Walsh. “This is a budget with a big heart. It reflects our best values: our belief that every single person is worthy of dignity and hope and opportunity. It’s going to improve quality of life in all our neighborhoods, and it will continue to generate opportunities for our residents for generations to come. I thank each and every person who helped to guide this vision through Imagine Boston 2030 that has led to these important investments.”
In Mission Hill the Maurice J. Tobin School on Smith Street will share in $14.9 million in roof or boiler replacement funding to the Boston Public Schools. The project is currently in progress to replace the aging boiler at the Tobin in conjunction with the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s (MSBA) Accelerated Repair Program (ARP). Mayor Walsh has committed $1 billion over 10 years to bring Boston’s school buildings into the 21st century. This capital plan supports that investment with completion of ongoing maintenance projects as well as reserves for future projects identified by BuildBPS community engagement.
“Through a dedication of City capital funds and a strong working relationship with the MSBA, the plan will more than double the capital spending on BPS facilities over the next decade,” said Walsh. “The FY20-24 Capital Plan will invest $543 million in BPS projects.” The city will also spend $2.68 million to upgrade the play lot at the Mission Hill Playground on Tremont Street. This project is currently in the planning stages. A design phase will occur after an exhaustive community process with members of the Boston Parks Department.