Scanlon made a push for attendees to support the Brimbal Avenue interchange project, which he has said will open up land to development and generate tax revenue that will continue to pay for improvements in the city.
“If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that new growth is necessary every year,” he said.
Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt spoke of his city’s $1.9 million renovation of Main Street and plans to build a $92 million middle school.
He also noted that developers recently purchased two key buildings in the downtown and are planning to renovate them. Those projects, he said, “have the promise of injecting tens of millions of dollars in economic development into downtown Peabody, something that hasn’t happened in many years.”
In Danvers, Marquis said students and teachers this month returned to a high school that has undergone $71 million of renovations and new construction.
Combined with the Essex Technical project and a new health building on North Shore Community College’s Danvers campus, there has been a nearly quarter-of-a-million-dollar investment in public education in the town, Marquis said.
Mayors Carolyn Kirk of Gloucester, Thatcher Kezer of Amesbury, Donna Holaday of Newburyport, and Judith Flanagan Kennedy of Lynn also spoke.
Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or firstname.lastname@example.org.