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The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts

ReImagine North of Main

ReImagine North of Main $1,194,734
 
ReImagine North of Main - Implementation, Year 2 (2017)$394,734
ReImagine North of Main - Implementation, Year 1 (2016)$450,000
ReImagine North of Main - Pilot (2015)$350,000
 
Year:2017Amount: $394,734
Title:ReImagine North of Main - Implementation, Year 2
Recipient:Montachusett Opportunity Council
The ReImagine North of Main project is moving into its second year of implementation in transforming the North of Main of Fitchburg into a vibrant community where people want to live, work, play and invest. The overall theme is to brand the neighborhood as the “Gateway to Arts and Culture.” To support this, the project is focusing on two key domains – economic and neighborhood development. The other domains of Housing, Quality of Life and Resident Engagement will be incorporated into these two primary domains. For example, Housing is included in the Neighborhood Development efforts through the development of the B.F. Brown property into live-work artist housing.

The other two domains – Education and Resident Self-Sufficiency – is led by other partners, with the ReImagine team serving as a supportive partner. The Fitchburg Public Schools is taking on the Education efforts, and the Fitchburg Community Connections Coalition is taking the lead on Self-Sufficiency as part of their ongoing work with the Department of Children and Families.

MOC is partnering with the City of Fitchburg, Fitchburg State University, the Fitchburg Public Schools, the Fitchburg Art Museum and NewVue Communities on this project. This project is also receiving funding from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Project Director: Ms. Patricia A. Pistone
Fiscal Agent: Montachusett Opportunity Council
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Year:2016Amount: $450,000
Title:ReImagine North of Main - Implementation, Year 1
Recipient:Montachusett Opportunity Council
ReImagine North of Main is moving into its first full year of implementation. This project has developed a strong leadership team that includes the City of Fitchburg, Fitchburg State University, the Fitchburg Public Schools, the Montachusett Opportunity Council and NewVue Communities. This team spent the pilot year developing goals and strategies in six domains (listed below). The signature project(s) in each domain are:

- Economic Development: support the City’s creation of a business-friendly economic development plan that will highlight Main Street;
- Education: provide software and at-home support to increase youth literacy rates;
- Housing: support for the creation of artist housing/work space in the B.F. Brown building and for a housing plan for the neighborhood;
- Quality of Life: creation of a communications campaign to improve the way people feel about the neighborhood;
- Resident Engagement: build a network of engaged neighborhood residents through leadership training and neighborhood circle events, and
- Resident Self-Sufficiency: design of a cross-sector universal referral system for the various social service organizations that serve the neighborhood residents.

This project has also been funded by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston through their Working Cities program.

Project Director: Ms. Patricia A. Pistone
Fiscal Agent: Montachusett Opportunity Council
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Year:2015Amount: $350,000
Title:ReImagine North of Main - Pilot
Recipient:Montachusett Opportunity Council
The Montachusett Opportunity Council (MOC) and the City of Fitchburg have been coordinating a planning effort funded by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston to assess the North of Main neighborhood of Fitchburg, an area currently plagued by poverty and vacant buildings. The goal of this pilot project is to transform the North of Main neighborhood into a vibrant community where people want to live, work and invest.

The three primary goals for this project are: to enable young children (ages 3-9) to succeed in school through improved vocabulary, pre-literacy and literacy development; to foster family self-sufficiency and social cohesion at the family and neighborhood level through integrated service delivery and policy change; and to Implement citywide policies to engage current stakeholders, including residents and landlords, and attract new investments.

The project will take a holistic approach to providing support to a group of 30 families in this neighborhood by having a family life coach work with the families on setting goals and to facilitate access to resources in the community to help them achieve their goals.

Project Director: Ms. Patricia A. Pistone
Fiscal Agent: Montachusett Opportunity Council
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