Community Preservation Act Applications to be Presented at Virtual Public Meetings in January

Mayor Jon Mitchell and the City’s Community Preservation Committee (CPC) are inviting all interested community members to review the Fiscal Year 2022 Community Preservation Act (CPA) applications and provide public comment at three virtual public meetings this month.

The FY22 application process began last September with Step I: Eligibility Determination. Eligible applicants then were invited to submit Step II: Project Applications in November. Seventeen applications–seeking more than $2.7 million in CPA funding, in total–were received by the deadline.

There is $1.6 million available for the CPC to award among the FY22 applications. During the month of January, the CPC is inviting applicants to present their project at a public meeting, with public comment welcomed from community members. Once the CPC has completed its application review, the committee will vote on the projects to recommend for funding and submit their recommendations to the New Bedford City Council for final consideration and awarding of funds.

All meetings will be held via Zoom, at:

Meeting ID: 845 9603 1271              Passcode: 624603

Members of the public also can call in, via:

Call (646) 558-8656   Meeting ID: 845 9603 1271   Passcode: 624603

The project applicants will present at the following meeting dates:

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

via Zoom
Tuesday, January 11, 2022

via Zoom
Thursday, January 20, 2022

via Zoom

Project Applications Project Applications Project Applications

·         Save the Bells Tower

·         City Wide Signage

·         Brooklawn Skate Park Design

·         Rotch-Jones-Duff House Masonry Repairs

·         Digitization of Milton Silvia Negative Collection Part II

·         First Baptist Church Restoration Project


·         Digitization of Maritime Records

·         Temple Landing II

·         Cliftex II

·         James Arnold Mansion Roof Final Phase

·         Gallery X Painting


·         NB Whaling Museum: Bourne Building Masonry Repairs

·         Holy Family Apartments

·         George Washington Portrait Conservation

·         LGBTQ+ Community Center Handicap Accessibility

·         Strand Theater Restoration


To review the FY22 applications, please visit the CPC webpage at:

Public comment must be received by January 24, 2022, and can be provided by:

  • Attending the virtual meeting for the project you wish to comment on. Public comment will be allowed after each project presentation.
  • Emailing your comment to
  • Mailing your comment to:


Department of City Planning

133 William Street Room 303

New Bedford, MA 02740

For more information, call the CPA Coordinator at (508) 979-1488 or email


The Community Preservation Act (CPA) was adopted by New Bedford voters through a ballot question in November 2014. This statewide enabling legislation allows communities to create dedicated funding for:  Open Space, Outdoor Recreational Facilities, Historic Preservation, and Affordable Housing activities in the city.

Oversight of this process rests with the Community Preservation Committee (CPC), the body established by the City to oversee the CPA program in New Bedford.

Since FY18, the New Bedford CPC has recommended and the City Council has approved more than $6.8 million in CPA funding, to a total of 63 projects that have preserved historic resources and open space, created community housing opportunities, and improved or created recreational facilities throughout the city.