MILTON – State and local officials gathered Monday at Milton Landing to tout a $560,000 state grant that will help the Town of Marlborough nearly finish a waterfront project to allow better river access and docks for cruise ships.
“The whole idea is to create economic development here,” said Al Lanzetta, Marlborough town supervisor. “This is one of the last steps we have here. After 16 years, I think we’ll get there.”
The town has been working nearly two decades on the project, and the grant will help provide handicapped accessibility, for kayaking, take care of the landing and parking lot improvements.
Marlborough also applied three times for the grant, and state Senator James Skoufis (D, Cornwall) applauded the town for its tenacity to obtain the state funding.
“The town is very committed to getting this done. And $560,000 for the Town of Marlborough is transformative for the waterfront,” said Skoufis. “Once the project is done, this is going to be the gem of the Town of Marlborough, for its residents, but also unlock economic opportunities. Cruise ships coming up and down the river, this will be one of the few places they’ll be able to stop with an adequate pier.”