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Cranston receives $250K for improvements in Arlington neighborhood

Cranston has received a $250,000 grant to improve ADA accessibility and streetscape features in the Arlington neighborhood and the area of the historic Governor Sprague Mansion.

This latest grant is awarded through Gov. McKee’s and Rhode Island Commerce’s Main Street RI Streetscape Improvement Fund and Site Readiness Program to improve commercial districts, enhance sidewalks, upgrade building facades, improve street lighting, and more. It was announced by Cranston Mayor Kenneth Hopkins.

“With new streetscape features, improved ADA accessibility and other amenities, our historic Arlington neighborhood will be bolstered by these quality-of-life improvements,” Hopkins said.

Mayor Hopkins emphasized the significance of such investments in building a vibrant community that honors its history while paving the way for future growth. The enhancements are expected to not only attract visitors and spending to boost local commerce, but also foster a more inclusive and welcoming environment for residents and visitors alike.

“I congratulate our acting Director of Public Works Justin Mateus for his diligent efforts that led to receiving this grant,” Hopkins said.

This grant marks another significant step in Cranston’s ongoing efforts to create a more accessible, beautiful, and prosperous city for all. This latest revitalization project Mayor Hopkins stated, “is just one more concrete example of my commitment to local businesses and local residents as reflected in the work already completed in Rolfe Square and Pawtuxet Village.”

With continued support from the state and local stakeholders, Hopkins said, the city’s proactive approach and commitment to excellence have set a high standard for urban revitalization, making Cranston a model for other cities to follow.

“This is just the beginning,” the Mayor stated. “With each new project, we’re building a brighter future for everyone in Cranston.”

The Governor Sprague Mansion, a symbol of Cranston’s heritage, will serve as a focal point for the new streetscape. Improved sidewalks and lighting will make the neighborhood streets safer and more inviting. As the improvements take shape, the community eagerly anticipates the positive impact they will bring, fostering a sense of pride and belonging for all who call Rhode Island’s second-largest city home.

“I’m thrilled to see more and more people discovering what makes Cranston so special,” Hopkins said. “While some people talk about economic development theories, my administration is putting shovels in the ground and making things happen for our community.”

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  1. Robyn Enright on June 22, 2024 at 11:34 am

    I appreciate that they’re doing more to beautify the surroundings BUT, we have severe neighborhood drainage issues that need to be addressed FIRST. Each time we, on Poplar Dr in Garden City, get torrential rain, our street turns into a DEEP (12″), rapidly moving river that picks up any trash bins and not only carries them “downstream” toward Balsam Court where they pile up but also all the trash & recycle items get strewn all over the street. This “river” jumps the curbs and covers at least a foot of lawn. This is ridiculous and certainly unacceptable! More should be done to repair our STRUCTURAL issues BEFORE worrying about beautification. No doubt, other neighborhoods have important issues as well.
    You can’t put lipstick on a pig.

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