Success Stories

Archaeology: A Unique Component of CPA Funding
Although it is sometimes overlooked, the ability to fund archeology projects is a unique and valuable aspect of the Community Preservation Act. While not the largest category of CPA-funded historic preservation projects - for example, only 30 archeology projects have been funded with CPA funds, as compared to about 400 town and city hall rehabilitation projects – many communities have found that having the ability to fund such projects is a benefit.
Regional Projects are a Growing Area of Success for CPA
Historic preservation, open space protection, recreation, and affordable housing needs sometimes extend across CPA town boundaries. Increasingly, CPA communities are receiving funding requests for such regional CPA projects, and many are enthusiastically responding with grants of CPA funds.
Unique Island-wide CPA Collaboration Preserves the Gay Head Lighthouse
A beloved landmark for the island communities of Martha's Vineyard, the iconic Gay Head Light was dangerously close to the edge of the eroding cliff it has stood on for 158 years.Sitting only 43 feet from the edge of the bluff, the lighthouse was listed as one of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2013. Now it has been saved through the hard work of residents and a unique case of Island-wide CPA collaboration.
Northborough's Vacant Senior Center Becomes Housing For Senior Citizens
After a new senior center was built in Northborough, the previous building sat vacant. The Northborough Affordable Housing Corporation saw this vacancy as the perfect opportunity to invest CPA funds for affordable housing for the community’s senior citizens.
CPA funds Classic Art Restoration Projects across the Commonwealth
Gloucester, Royalston, Edgartown, Norfolk and Braintree are just some of the CPA communities using their CPA funds to rejuvenate and preserve municipal artworks.
A Local Farm, Open Space and History Preserved in Mendon
Pearson Farm in Mendon is preserved thanks to Chapter 61A and creative collaborative funding including the investment of CPA dollars.
CPA-funded Rolling Green Apartments project is “huge win” for Amherst
When financing restrictions ensuring the affordability of 41 units at the Rolling Green apartment complex in Amherst expired, residents of the complex began to worry. It turned out, with a unique and interesting idea, CPA was the answer!
With CPA, Lexington Restores the Historic Cary Building, Keeps 86-year Promise
In 1928, the people of Lexington made a promise to keep their brand new Cary Memorial Hall a vibrant and well-maintained centerpiece of their town. ecently, the town of Lexington made good on their 86-year pledge with the help of CPA.
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
Thanks to CPA the land at the former Gump's Farm will 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 Route 1A in the Town of Hamilton.