On Thursday, November 19, 2020 the Town of Erving was awarded $500,000 for infrastructure improvements from the MassWorks grant program by the Baker and Polito Administration. Mariah Kurtz, Assistant Town Planner, prepared the application with our colleagues to further the future redevelopment opportunities of the IP Mill site.
Project Description: IP Mill Water Infrastructure Improvements - The Town of Erving will use this grant to fund the design and construction of water/utility infrastructure leading to the former International Paper Mill site, which the town envisions to be developed into three mixed-use parcels for housing, commercial, light industrial and recreational purposes. The mill site is a 49.3-acre town owned brownfield bounded by Papermill Road, Route 2, Prospect Street, the Millers River, and dense woods. Since it was abandoned in 2000, the Town has cleaned up the site of much hazardous materials and installed security cameras to prevent arson and vandalism. They consider the site prime real estate and have started to get interest from private developers. The town also intends to design and construct a public road through the site to facilitate safe access. They expect that development will open up opportunities for local jobs and tourism and further strengthen Erving’s relationship with its neighbor Montague, which is developing the adjacent Village of Millers Falls in tandem with this project.
More information about the MassWorks grant program and to review the rest of the 2020 grant recipients, visit: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/massworks-2020-awards