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Meet Mayor Carlo DeMaria
Welcome to the City of Everett, a community committed to honoring it’s past while investing in it’s future. A desirable place to live, work, and play, Everett is home to over 50,000 residents. Everett offers a vibrant, diverse, and welcoming community boasting state-of-the-art parks, multi-cultural restaurants, and a top-rated school system. Serving as a leader in the Commonwealth and country as a leader in viable public transit Everett was one of the first communities to install dedicated bus rapid transit lanes. As Mayor, I am proud to lead such a lively community that I’m blessed to call home.
THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT OF 2021
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill passed by the 117th United States Congress and signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021.
Of the entire $1.9 trillion bill, $350 billion was allocated to state and local governments. This allocation is known as the State & Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF). The SLFRF will enable local governments to address strategic economic and infrastructure investments and address governmental budget shortfalls. A significant difference between CARES and ARPA is that the U.S. Treasury included all government entities in the distribution of ARPA funds.
The City of Everett has been awarded a total of $47.1 million in ARP funds to be utilized across the eligible expenditure categories. This funding gives us the chance to invest in both the City and our residents. This funding will ensure that our City, and our many residents, have what they need to recover from the pandemic and help to build a stronger Everett. Supporting Everett families is the main focus of this effort. The funding will be used to assist both current and future generations of Everett residents.
To learn more about the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and how Everett will allocate these funds, click below.
The Board of Directors of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) advanced the proposal that Mayor Carlo DeMaria has been advocating for to build a new high school facility that has the potential to alleviate classroom size in all current Everett Public School buildings. Pictured is the current Everett High School facility.
MSBA Advances Proposal to Build New High School in Everett
The proposed new facility has the potential to alleviate classroom size in all current Everett Public School buildings.
Monday, December 18, 2023
Everett, MA – Christmas came a little early to Everett this year with a vote by the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) to advance the proposal Mayor DeMaria has been advocating for to build a new high school facility that has the potential to alleviate classroom size in all current Everett Public School buildings.
The MSBA Directors voted at their meeting on December 13, 2023 to accept the recommendation to invite the Statement of Interest (the “SOI”) for the Everett High School, serving grades 9-12, in the City of Everett (the “City”) into the MSBA’s Eligibility Period. The Eligibility Period is a 270-day process that formalizes the beginning of the MSBA’s grant approval process for funding to construct a new school facility and includes a schedule with definitive milestones for the City of Everett to complete preliminary requirements assisting with determining financial and community readiness, identifying needs for planning, and budgeting. This process will commence on July 1, 2024 and conclude on March 28, 2025.Successful completion of all activities in the Eligibility Period will allow the City to be eligible for an MSBA invitation to the next step, which is Feasibility Study.
“Last week’s vote by the MSBA Board of Directors is the critical next step that I have fought for in order for Everett to move forward with the only solution that will address our entire district’s needs,” said Mayor DeMaria. “Despite all political assertions to the contrary, the data and evidence show that spending tens of millions of dollars to renovate the former Pope John facility is fiscally irresponsible because that site does not have the capacity to solve class size across the whole district. I have a responsibility to take action that will benefit all students and to spend taxpayer dollars in the way that will provide the greatest benefit to our community, which proposals to use the former Pope John location clearly would not.”
“It is an honor to be among the select few communities to have its Statement of Interest selected by the Massachusetts School Building Authority,” said Interim Superintendent of Schools William Hart. “The district looks forward to working with city and state officials on building a high school that fulfills all of our aspirations.”
Building a new high school facility would alleviate classroom size across the district because it would create the option of using the current high school as a middle school. Creating additional space for a middle school would remove students from Everett’s current K-8 schools and allow for space currently occupied by upper grades to be used to better meet the needs of lower grade students.
Mayor DeMaria also has advocated for a new high school facility to expand Everett’s ability to offer Career and Technical Education (CTE) for students who do not have access to vocational options currently. “We need to make every effort to ensure that our young people have options to immediately enter the workforce after graduation from high school. With the economic development that is underway in Everett, we have the chance to create an educational pipeline for our students into a changing economy that will be dependent on a workforce that has skilled workers prepared for higher paying employment opportunities,” said the Mayor.
The Mayor’s education to employment vision is one shared by local developers who are leading the way in creating those new employment options. “We applaud Everett’s commitment to training the workforce of tomorrow,” said Stephen Davis, President of The Davis Companies. “This type of vocational education is vital to the continued evolution of the Massachusetts economy and will help to propel the growth of our clean tech and high-tech manufacturing sectors. We look forward to working with the City in fostering this key component of a vibrant technology ecosystem.”
The Davis Companies recently acquired the former Exxon Mobil assemblage in Everett and will be developing formal proposals for local consideration and approval to redevelop the site and transform it from its current outdated industrial use.
Building a new school facility is the best longer-term solution for Everett’s educational needs. It is not the only option that Mayor DeMaria intends to pursue. “I was disappointed last week in the City Council’s vote against using ARPA funding for temporary modular structure options, given the amount of time that has been spent on discussing the needs of the schools,” said the Mayor. “I fully intend to keep my commitment to Everett students to do everything I can to find temporary and long-term solutions for them and will resubmit a request to use ARPA funding to alleviate space issues while we partner with the MSBA. I am hopeful that the incoming City Council members will have the same commitment to our students that I do and approve this temporary solution.”
Ferry Street Reconstruction Updates
This coming Spring, the City, in partnership with MassDOT will be undertaking a $33 Million reconstruction of Ferry Street and Elm Street. This project represents a generational investment in these two corridors and is the result of many years of hard work by my Administration to secure nearly $30 Million of State and Federal funding to supplement approximately $5Million of City funds needed for the project . At the completion of this project, both Ferry and Elm Street will be in suitable condition for the next 30-50 years without the need for any major reconstruction in that time frame.
I would like to highlight just some of the improvements that will be made as part of this project:
- Full reconstruction of all pavements, sidewalks, driveway aprons, curbs and handicap ramps.
- All new drainage system that will reduce the likelihood of flooding during major storm events.
- New decorative street lighting.
- New traffic and pedestrian signals.
- Replacement of the Chelsea/Ferry Street traffic signal with a small roundabout that will reduce traffic congestion at this intersection.
- Reconstruction of Glendale Square, adding additional sidewalk space, outdoor dining space, bike lanes and trees/landscaping.
- All new water main infrastructure
- All new gas main infrastructure (this work was already completed in 2020).
As you can see, this project represents an enormous investment in Everett’s infrastructure that will serve not only today’s residents, but those generations to come.
Like all construction projects, this project will, at times, require some lane and road closures as well as other inconveniences to those who live and travel along Ferry and Elm Streets. The City and MassDOT will communicate with affected residents in advance of work being done near their property and provide means for any feedback or complaints during the construction process.
The estimated time frame to complete this work is approximately 3 years, with work beginning this upcoming April through November of 2024. While this is a long period of time, it is expected that construction will occur in segments, meaning that individual portions of the roadways will be mostly affected for only 1 year of the project. We will communicate to you a more detailed schedule as it becomes available from MassDOT and the selected contractor.
Please feel free to reach out to any member of my Administration by using the 311 system if you have any questions or concerns.