Boston, MA– Mayor Walsh announced that the city would award $11 million to fund 35 historic preservation projects throughout the city of Boston. This comes 2 years after the passing of the Community Preservation Act, which in turn created a fund specifically for projects such as these.

Mayor Walsh, speaking to advocates and residents in Charlestown, spoke about Boston's history, and the need to invest in it. "In Boston, we are proud to be a city of history. When people around the world read about American history, they read about Boston," said Mayor Walsh. "Preserving history is not shutting it away somewhere, it's investing in the heart of a community. The three components of the Community Preservation Act --  affordable housing, open space, and historic preservation -- connect the past, present, and future of a community. In every one of those projects, we see not only history restored, but communities strengthened."

Paying for all of this is a one percent property tax surcharge on residential and business taxes, which was instituted in July of 2017.

If you've ever walked around downtown Boston, you often see tourists following the Freedom Trail and taking time to learn about America's history. Many of the restoration efforts will go to monuments you may see every day. Here are a few of the planned restorations:

  • $350,000 to help with major repairs to HVAC and other systems at the Old State House, one of the oldest and most visited sites on the Freedom Trail
  • $315,000 to restore 17th and 18th century artifacts from beneath Faneuil Hall
  • $307,000 to restore the gates and fence of St. Augustine's Cemetery in South Boston
  • $400,000 to Old West for tower restoration of 1806 building designed by Asher Benjamin
  • $575,000 to restore the Nantucket Lightship museum in East Boston harbor
  • $400,000 to Union United to complete accessibility features for a community food pantry and meeting space in the South End

You can see the complete list of restoration projects by neighborhood here.

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