Representative Antonio F.D. Cabral (D-New Bedford) announced Tuesday that the City of New Bedford has received a $100,000 Site Readiness Program grant for the Whaling City Golf Course project from the program administrator MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and economic development agency.

The City will use the grant funds to complete Massachusetts Environmental Protection Agency permitting and an American Land Title Association survey.

“The permitting process for these types of economic development projects is where all of the complexities are discussed and fleshed out. And that’s where this Site Readiness Grant comes into play,” said Rep. Cabral. “This grant will help the City prepare for this development opportunity so that all concerns are properly addressed.”

In May of last year, the Whaling City Golf Course project first received $300,000 in Site Readiness Program funds. According to the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, the Site Readiness Program—created in a 2016 Economic Development bond bill—bolsters the Commonwealth’s inventory of project-ready sites, accelerates private-sector investment in said sites, and supports the conversion of abandoned and obsolete facilities into functioning properties.

--Rep. Cabral's Office