Scanlon said Bialecki called him last Friday and indicated that he wanted to discuss the entire project soon.
“They are interested in the project,” Scanlon said. “They want to keep us going.”
The project has been in the works since 2005, when the city received more than $900,000 in state funds to create alternative designs and assess the environmental impact. Scanlon said the design is mostly complete.
The $500,000 grant was awarded through the state’s new MassWorks Infrastructure Program, which supports economic development and housing creation, according to Gov. Deval Patrick’s office.
The grants are targeted to projects that “require the infrastructure upgrades or expansion in order for new growth to take place,” the governor’s office said in a press release.
The state received 130 applications for more than $323 million in infrastructure requests. It issued 26 grants for $38 million. Beverly was the only North Shore community to receive a grant.
“We regard this as progress, and we’d like to make more progress,” Scanlon said.
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