In order to help redevelop these properties, the state set up the BST as a means of bringing all the necessary state and federal agencies together to cooperate and get projects like the Lower Millyard done.
Amesbury is one of five communities to have been designated for BST assistance this year, and right now the team is working to come up with a plan.
The current phase of the Lower Millyard project includes permitting, design work, site cleanup, the boat launch, the new Carriage Museum, the park and everything else between the current DPW garage and the Powow River. It does not include the realignment of Water Street, the new DPW garage or the Water Street parking garage expansion, which are all separate projects, Kezer said.
“The price tag includes all of the things that the state is going to come and deliver,” Kezer said, noting that the city probably wouldn’t have even bothered with the boat launch if the state hadn’t offered to pay for it. “It’s just the mechanism to get it done is we have to authorize the entire project, and then the state reimburses us when we get it done.”
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 12.