Success Stories



CPA Enables Seekonk to Preserve Valuable Farmland with APRs
After passing CPA in the spring of 2009, the southern coast town of Seekonk did not waste any time putting their CPA dollars to good use.
Norfolk Aquires, Repurposes Dormant Farmland with Mixed-Use CPA Project
Just outside town center in Norfolk, Community Preservation funds are helping turn a 22-acre plot of dormant farmland into land for recreation, conservation, and affordable housing. Formerly called Gump’s Farm, the parcel off Route 115 previously housed a frequented farmstand that shut down four years ago and was being considered for a housing development site. Thanks to CPA the land will instead become a multi-faceted public asset for local residents.
After 150 years, Concord's Town House Gets A Much Needed Restoration
In 2012, the Town of Concord began a two-year, CPA-funded project to restore their historic Town House. The Italianate style structure, located at 22 Monument Square, was built in 1851 in the midst of a thriving agriculture and urban market economy fueled by the expanse of railroads during that time period.
Patton Park Playground Revitalizes Youth Recreation in Hamilton
Hundreds of children on the North Shore are new beneficiaries of a state-of-the-art playground, partly funded by CPA revenue and situated along Bay Road (Route 1A) in the Town of Hamilton. From 2012 to 2013, community members witnessed the transformation of an old, dilapidated playground designed for children under the age 5, into an updated and expanded outdoor recreation facility containing playground elements for children of all ages.
Herring Run Park, Weymouth
Every spring, thousands of migratory herring swim from Boston Harbor up the Weymouth Back River on their way to Whitman’s Pond. Herring spend most of their lives in the ocean, but return to fresh water once a year to spawn. On their way upstream, they pass through Jackson Square in Weymouth, where there is now a new CPA-funded park, celebrating the herring and providing a place to help town residents and visitors appreciate them each spring.
Cable Mills Adaptive Reuse Project, Williamstown
On August 29, 2007, the North Adams Transcript described the Cable Mills project as "a state model for how the Community Preservation Act can work," writing, "With affordable housing, a publicaly-accessible walkway along the Green River and preservation of a historic mill building, the project has created a Community Preservation Act triple play."
Lexington’s Douglas House for Brain-Injured Adults Exemplifies CPA Adaptive Reuse
Five years ago the town of Lexington launched an award-winning community preservation project that encapsulates three CPA pillars and continues to enhance the lives of individuals and the local community.
CPA Development Keeps Provincetown Affordable For Year-Round Residents
In a market driven by competitive vacation-based real estate, year-round Provincetown residents have long struggled to find affordable housing options.
Preserving Abigail Adams’s Birthplace: CPA helps rescue Weymouth’s “Hidden Gem”
The first lady and wife of the nation’s second president, Abigail Adams was born and raised in a two-story saltbox-style home in North Weymouth. Until recently, the future of this historic site, museum, and national treasure was in question due to its diminishing condition.
Fort Hill Veterans' Housing, Hingham
Finding housing for veterans has become a growing challenge in the Commonwealth. But one South Shore town is tapping their community preservation funds to make sure veterans have an affordable place to live.
Habitat for Humanity, Martha's Vineyard
Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds recently helped a family of four secure permanent affordable housing on Martha’s Vineyard.
Elmwood Farm, Hopkinton
CPA funds have helped to conserve the Historic Elmwood Farm in Hopkinton, protecting farmland for future agricultural use, preserving an historic stop on the Underground Railroad and opening up 81 acres of forestland to the public.