- Current Projects
Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness
A key goal of this grant project is to promote long-term planning and resiliency measures that consider both existing and ongoing infrastructure needs and form the basis of a climate resiliency vision and implementation strategy for the City
Mt. Tom North Trailhead Park
Officially opened in September 2022, the Mt. Tom North Trailhead Park provides access to Mt. Tom for a range of experience levels and mobility types. The trail consists of 2000ft (~0.37 mile) gravel trail which provides a consistently even surface with slopes which meet the US Forest Service standards for accessible trails. There are six level-ground rest areas throughout the trail which include seating and informational kiosks highlighting the unique nature of the trail and providing local context. The trail culminates in a restored meadow area and final loop of the gravel trail with excellent view of the valley. Here there is also access to the Kestrel Loop Trail indicated by blue blazes and the New England Scenic Trail (NEST) indicated by white blazes. (Please note that the Kestrel Loop Trail and NEST do not meet USFS standards for accessible trails.)
Boruchowski Woodland Trail Restoration Project
This project seeks funding from the MassTrails Program for the delineation of regulated resource areas, completion of state and local permitting, clearing of downed trees and associated trail restoration, and creation of a trail marking program and formalized trail map. The project site is within the Broad Brook Forest in Easthampton. It is part of approximately 140 acres of land protected by the City for aquifer protection and passive recreation.
Ferry Street MassWorks Infrastructure Project
This is a $3.9 million dollar project to construction a roundabout, multiuse path, and other pedestrian improvements in and around Ferry Street, Pleasant Street, and the private development at 1 Ferry Street. As of July 2021 most of the intersection improvements are complete. Due to COVID 19 supply chain issues, final elements such as benches are still pending.
One Stop For Growth - Elementary Schools
The project seeks technical assistance for pre-development work associated with the disposition of the City’s three elementary school buildings and properties anticipated to be vacant as of June 2022. It will fund the completion of building and site due diligence, and, create public infrastructure design plans in preparation for the disposition of the three downtown-situated elementary schools. Overall the project is intended to make the sites and the adjacent public infrastructure closer to shovel ready and allow for their rapid redevelopment, ideally into Affordable housing.
LAND Grant - Reservation Road acquisition
The City in partnership with Kestrel Land Trust is seeking a LAND Grant to be matched with CPA funds to acquire 5.5 acres of land at the end of Reservation Road for habitat protection and passive recreation.
This project is Phase I for wayfinding signs to direct visitors to the downtown and mills. The project is funded through a $15,000 MDI Grant is aimed at creating a vehicle and pedestrian oriented sign system. Final designs are expected in September 2021.
MassDOT Shared Streets (Round 1)
This recently completed $160,000 project included pedestrian safety improvements on Williston Ave (crosswalk, sidewalk & RRFB's), Pleasant Street (sidewalk bump out & RRFB's), a paved connection between the High School & Nonotuck Park, and temporary bike lane on Williston Ave.
MassDOT Shared Streets (Round 2)
This $16,000 grant allowed Easthampton City Arts to upgrade the parking lot at City Hall into a temporary outdoor, COVID-friendly gathering space during the spring of 2021. The project also included the installation of a new "01027" bike and additional lights to increase the safety of those using the municipal parking lot.
Local Rapid Recovery Program (LRRP)
The City in partnership with the Greater Easthampton Area Chamber are working with a consultant Third Eye Network to identify, evaluate, and prepare for ways to support businesses in response to COVID-19. The project will culminate in a Plan to outline actions and projects suitable for various groups to seek funding to implement.
Union Street - 2021/2022 TIP Infrastructure Projec
This is information about the upcoming Union Street Infrastructure Improvement project. As of July 2021 the project is tentatively set to begin construction in early spring 2022.
Elementary School Reuse
This committee is appointed by the Mayor and will be working to create an RFP for the disposition of the City's three elementary schools which will be surplus as of June 2022
This page contains information about ongoing amendments to the Easthampton Zoning Ordinance
New City Infrastructure Improvements
A neighborhood planning study to comprehensively evaluate and plan for the infrastructure needs in the New City neighborhood, bounded by Ferry Street at the north, Parsons Street to the east, Everett Street to the south and Lower Mill Pond to the west. The study will include evaluations of public water, sewer and drainage systems, sidewalk and walking surfaces, roadway surfaces, street trees, potential opportunities for green infrastructure, and redesign of public parks around the former Parsons Street School.
MassDOT Safe Routes to School - Park Street side path
Here is information about Easthampton's MassDOT Safe Routes to School infrastructure grant application for an 8 foot wide Park Street side path that would connect the Manhan Rail Trail to the new Mountain View School.
Easthampton Skatepark (design phase)
This page will provide information about ongoing efforts to create a skatepark design behind City Hall and the Public Safety Complex
Main Street Improvement Project (TIP)
The goal of the project is to create a Main Street that will improve safety, transit, walking, bicycling infrastructure, street trees, green infrastructure, and employ designs that make downtown Easthampton safer and more attractive for users.
Pleasant Street Mills - One Stop For Growth Site Readiness
This is a $175,000 grant awarded in October 2022 to create a master plan for access improvements to the back of the mills, conduct community outreach, and prepare 25% design drawings.
Pollinator Action Plan
A Conway School Project to study how Easthampton can support pollinators on both public and private land.
Climate Action Plan
The City of Easthampton is developing a Climate Action Plan
MoveEV Fleet Electrification
The City of Easthampton has partnered with MoveEV to guide the process of converting all City vehicles to electric vehicles as well as assisting employees in making the switch and ensure that all financial incentives available are being utilized.
Cherry Street Green Infrastructure
This is a comprehensive infrastructure improvement project that will improve water, sewer, drainage, sidewalk and curbing, street paving, and green infrastructure improvements on Cherry Street. This project will include installation of green infrastructure and also restore the slope associated with the failed stormwater outfall at the end of Cherry Street. Funded in part through the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program, Community Development Block Grant funds, and City DPW Enterprise funds.