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February 14, 2020

Worcester receives $466K grant to lessen flooding near senior center

Photo | Grant Welker Worcester City Hall

Worcester has received a $466,000 grant to be used to lessen flooding near the city’s senior center while improving the aesthetics of the center’s parking lot.

The grant from the Gov. Charlie Baker Administration through the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program will help improve storm-water drainage in the parking lot to lessen the flooding impact of major storm events to low lying areas such as the Green Island section of the city. According to a release detailing the grant, a new rain garden, maintained in part by seniors, will be created to reduce flooding, filter polluted rain runoff from the parking lot and enhance the overall aesthetics of the landscape.

The project will help mitigate sudden large flows of storm water from the parking lot into Vernon Street. It will also help filter some of the contaminants from the water that is then slowly released into the system after a storm has passed.

The state funding coincides with a $2.1-million renovation project of the senior center to include a new fitness center on the first floor and a new activity room on the second floor. 

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