May 12th Information &
Resource Update
Housing Committee: Housing Submarkets Presentation & Discussion

The Housing Committee of the 495/MetroWest Partnership invites you to a presentation and discussion with MAPC focused on their Housing Submarkets study, and submarket-specific strategies to meet housing needs and demand through housing and affordable housing production, preservation, and housing stability protections. 

A housing submarket is a collection of neighborhoods with similar housing stock and housing market characteristics. These characteristics contribute to who can find, afford, and remain in suitable housing in that neighborhood. The neighborhoods in each submarket share common needs and challenges, regardless of geographic location. MAPC’s study revealed seven distinct housing submarkets in the Greater Boston region, and proposes that policies and programs must address the needs and challenges specific to the markets in which they are implemented.

Presenting on behalf of MAPC will be:
  • Karina Oliver-Milchman, AICP, Chief of Housing & Neighborhood Development
  • Jessie Partridge Guerrero, Research Manager

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A period, as well as a discussion. This event will take place virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, June 9th from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM; click here to register.
Senate Ways & Means Committee Releases Recommended
FY22 State Budget

The state Senate Ways and Means Committee yesterday released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2022. The proposal includes a total of $47.6 billion in spending, a $1.2 billion increase over the Fiscal Year 2021 General Appropriations Act. This spending recommendation is based on a tax revenue estimate of $30.12 billion for FY22, representing 3.5% growth, as previously agreed upon during the consensus revenue process in January. 

Senators can file amendments to the Senate Ways and Means recommendations until Friday, May 14th, at 2:00 PM. The full Senate will then debate the FY22 budget in formal session beginning Tuesday, May 25th. Click here to review the FY22 Senate Ways and Means Budget Recommendations in detail

Included within the Senate Ways and Means proposal are:

Local Aid:
  • Provides $5.503 billion for Chapter 70 aid
  • Provides $1.168 billion for Unrestricted General Government Aid
  • $20 million for the Massachusetts Cultural Council to support local arts, culture and creative economy initiatives

  • Provides $94 million for Regional Transit Authorities

  • $105.8 million for the Department of Conservation and Recreation to support the Commonwealth’s state parks system and the need for socially distant outdoor leisure
  • $20.9 million for the Department of Public Utilities to ensure proper pipeline and utility safety
  • $39.9 million for the Department of Agricultural Resources to promote the Commonwealth’s food security and local food economy
  • $2.2 million for climate change adaptation and preparedness programs to enhance resilience and to address climate change

  • $150 million for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP), including $20 million in unspent funds carried forward from FY21, and recommends changes to the program to cap the share of a household’s income paid towards rent at 30%
  • $85 million for assistance to local housing authorities

Economic Development and Workforce Training:
  • $2 million for the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership
  • $6 million for Career Technical Institutes to increase the skilled worker population and provide residents access to career technical training opportunities
  • $10 million for the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund to connect unemployed and under-employed workers with higher paying jobs
  • $7.5 million for One-Stop Career Centers

Higher Education
  • $321.7 million for the fifteen community colleges
  • $298.1 million for the nine state universities

Following the adoption of a budget by the full Senate, differences between the House and Senate budgets will be reconciled in a conference committee, before being returned to each chamber for an up-or-down vote. The Governor then has the option to sign or veto specific line items, which the Legislature in turn may override.
MassDOT Acceler8 I-90 Bridge Replacements Presentation

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is replacing bridges on I-90 east and westbound over Flanders Road in Westborough and Parkerville Road, Cordaville Road and Woodland Road in Southborough. To minimize disruptions, MassDOT will use a rapid bridge replacement approach to replace eight bridges over eight weekends. This approach reduces the project duration from a potential of three years with traditional construction methods to just over one year. In advance of the eight weekends, preparatory work is being performed on I-90 and on the local streets under the bridges.  

MassDOT has hosted public engagement sessions to provide important information about the replacement of the eight bridges that will take place between June 2021 and August 2021, along with traffic management and outreach plans. Click here to access the presentation made at the April 28th public meeting.

For more information about the Acceler-8 I-90 Bridge Replacements Project, please visit the website at If you have questions or would like to report an issue or concern, please email the project team at  
Small Business Administration Program Updates

Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF): The SBA began accepting applications for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) on Monday, May 3rd. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11th, 2023. For more information or to apply, visit Approved applicants should expect an average of 14 days for processing, review, approval and funds distribution.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): The SBA is currently offering PPP loans originated only by participating community financial institutions including Certified Development Companies (CDCs), SBA Microlenders, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), and Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs) until May 31st, 2021 or until remaining funds are exhausted. Please note that not all community financial institutions are participating in PPP. Click here for more information.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant: The SBA is currently accepting applications for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant. Eligible applicants include live venue operators or promoters, theatrical producers, live performing arts organization operators, museum operators, motion picture theater operators (including owners), and talent representatives. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. To learn more or submit an application, visit
Upcoming Partnership Events

All Partnership events and committee meetings are being held virtually, via Zoom, at present. Committee meetings are open to all interested persons with advance registration.

  • Climate Legislation Presentation with Secretary Theoharides: The Water Resources and Energy and Sustainable Development Committees of the 495/MetroWest Partnership will host a special presentation from Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen A. Theoharides on An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy, major climate legislation signed into law earlier this year. The event will take place virtually on Tuesday, May 18th at 9:00 AM via Zoom; the presentation will be followed by a Question and Answer period. Click here to register for this event.

  • Housing Committee, Submarkets Presentation and Discussion: The Housing Committee of the 495/MetroWest Partnership invites you to a presentation and discussion with MAPC focused on their Housing Submarkets study, and submarket-specific strategies to create more affordable housing. This event will take place virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, June 9th from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM. Presenting on behalf of MAPC will be Karina Oliver-Milchman, AICP, Chief of Housing & Neighborhood Development, and Jessie Partridge Guerrero, Research Manager. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A period, as well as a discussion. Click here to register for this event.
Investor Spotlight: Beals + Thomas

Throughout the Spring, the 495/MetroWest Partnership is acknowledging our Investors in our Information & Resource Updates. Click here to learn about becoming an Investor!
Beals + Thomas is a multidisciplinary consulting firm providing professional services that support the development and conservation of land and water resources throughout New England. Our team is comprised of civil engineers, landscape architects, land surveyors, environmental planners, permitting specialists, and wetland scientists. For over 35 years, we have been committed to preserving the integrity of the New England landscape through sound environmental design. Our mission is to become passionate about our clients’ visions and to use our technical expertise and informed advice to help them achieve their goals.  Every day, we strive to strengthen our organization with skills that exemplify the leadership role that a consulting firm can fulfill on behalf of our clients, employees, and partners.

The 495/MetroWest Partnership thanks Beals + Thomas for their SUPPORTER level investment! Check out our full list of Investors at
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if the Partnership can be of any assistance to you:
Jason Palitsch, Executive Director
(774) 760-0495 x105

Thank you for your continued commitment to strengthening our region.