Crowdfunding is live to revitalize Peabody Square

Greater Ashmont Main Street is crowdfunding for projects to beautify and enhance the Peabody Square plazas near the Ashmont T station. The fundraising campaign kicked off on Nov. 5 and seeks $25,000 in donations to qualify for matching grants.

Greater Ashmont pitched new planters, a potential water feature, updated seating and other tweaks to the open plazas around Peabody Square and the Ashmont Grill in a June 2016 presentation. At the time, they also secured initial funding for the Peabody Square Reinvestment project.

The Main Street group was awarded an Impact and Innovation Grant by the Boston Main Streets Foundation, with additional funding from the MassDevelopment Commonwealth Fund and project fundraising support from Patronicity, on Oct. 27, 2017. If they achieve their fundraising goal by the time the campaign ends in December, MassDevelopment’s Commonwealth Fund will match the donations and an additional $10,000 will be contributed by the Boston Main Streets Foundation. This would leave Greater Ashmont with $60,000 to put toward the Peabody Square project.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to continue and expand the improvements that were made to Peabody Square over 10 years ago with the renovation of the Ashmont T station,” Greater Ashmont Main Street Executive Director Jenn Cartee said in a statement. “We’re immensely grateful to city partners, neighbors, and others who have come together for a community-led design process to create a space that is inviting to all our Dorchester neighbors.”

The crowdfunding page is live on Patronicity and had raised $6,795 as of Thursday, Nov. 9. A kickoff launch party was held the evening of Sunday, Nov. 5 at a local home, and the Dorchester Brewing Company will host a closing event for the campaign in December.