Tree of Life Congregation has been awarded state funding for streetscape and pedestrian improvements outside its building, according to an announcement from state Rep. Dan Frankel (District 23).
The funding is administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority through the Multimodal Transportation Fund Program, which makes funds available to municipalities and community organizations across the commonwealth to “help support projects to develop, improve or rehabilitate transportation assets, including streets, sidewalks and bridges,” according to a press release from Frankel’s office.
Tree of Life was awarded $200,000 for new street lighting, sidewalk enhancements and improvements for pedestrian safety, disability accessible ramps, trees, planters and benches. The funding will also be used to build a new garden on the premises to memorialize the victims of the Oct. 27, 2018 attack.
“These projects are part of Tree of Life Congregation’s efforts to transform the site of tragedy into one of remembrance and education,” Frankel said in a prepared statement. “The garden will serve to honor the 11 friends and neighbors we lost on that day as they gathered to worship at Tree of Life, New Light and Dor Hadash, as well as marking an inclusive space that bridges divide and eliminates all forms of hate. I’m grateful to the administration for awarding this funding and to Tree of Life, allowing its building to be a catalyst for change.”
Tree of Life has committed $121,943 of its own funds toward the total cost of the project, according to the press release. PJC
— Toby Tabachnick