Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and other city and state officials participated in a ceremonial groundbreaking for a redevelopment project on Tuesday that the city of Attleboro hopes will create growth and opportunity in the area.
Construction for the Riverfront Drive and Riverfront Park project is expected to start in about eight weeks.
The $3.96 million state-funded road will run from Olive Street to Wall Street and connect new housing units, public transportation and commercial space. It will also pay for a park along Ten Mile River which will run parallel to the new road.
"There will be a lot of native vegetation and places for people to sit and a bike path for pedestrians as well," said Michelle West of the Horsley Witten Group.
Like many New England towns and cities, Attleboro has seen a decline of people moving out of downtown areas. The goal of the Riverfront project is to change that.
"This is the largest housing unit we've done," said Attleboro Mayor Kevin Dumas.
Dumas said although it is a state-funded project, he echoed Patrick's comments that the project is an investment.
Work is expected to be complete by spring 2015.