During the first week of October:
* Governor Deval Patrick came to Framingham and awarded Mass Bay Community College $22 million for a Framingham Campus, and recommended it be located downtown.
* Thursday, the Commonwealth awarded Framingham Library Trustees $4.18 million towards a new McAuliffe branch.
* Friday, Lt. Governor Tim Murray, state and local leaders held a press conference where he announced $8 million in federal/state money is coming to Framingham to fix the downtown traffic problem at Routes 135/126.
During Friday's press conference Framingham Selectmen Chair Charlie Sisitsky jokingly asked the Lt. Governor "Is there any more money left in the pot?"
- If there was money left in the pot, where would you like Framingham to spend it? Tell us in the comments.
The Lt. Governor said this means that the Commonwealth, and not CSX, can limit the amount of time the railroad gates are down during peak commuting hours. It also means more service along the Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail line.
- And do you agree that all this news last week, is good news for downtown Framingham? If not, what would you like to see be the next step(s) to improve downtown? Tell us in the comments.
Framingham Town Manager Bob Halpin suggested the three money awards last week could help Framingham move its #38 best community ranking nationally to #28 or #18.