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Congresswoman Kuster secures federal funds to transform Nashua Public Library Plaza

Congresswoman Kuster secures federal funds to transform Nashua Public Library Plaza

Congresswoman Annie Kuster and Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess have unveiled plans for a comprehensive redevelopment of the Nashua Public Library Plaza, thanks to a new $3 million federal grant. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

By Colin Booth

March 4, 2024

Congresswoman Annie Kuster and Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess have unveiled plans for a comprehensive redevelopment of the Nashua Public Library Plaza, thanks to a new $3 million federal grant. 

The project aims to enhance public safety, accessibility, and ensure the plaza remains a hub for the Nashua community.

“New Hampshire’s public libraries are essential community spaces – they create opportunities for neighbors to meet, gather, and learn together. We must invest in them to ensure they can fully serve our communities,” said Kuster. 

The redevelopment plans include the addition of ADA-compliant walkways, improved lighting for safety, and an accessible playground, making the plaza a more inclusive space. Kuster stated that the project would be a “game-changer” for Nashua.

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Mayor Donchess recognized Kuster for her work to support projects in Nashua. 

“Federal funding for infrastructure projects has been key for revitalizing Nashua’s historic downtown,” Donchess said. “We are very grateful for Rep. Kuster’s support of the City of Nashua and much-needed public infrastructure funding.” 

In a statement, Nashua State Rep. Laura Telerski highlighted the plaza’s long standing role in hosting community events. 

“For decades the Nashua Public Library Plaza has been used for summer concerts and events such as Nashua Goes Back to School and the Nashua Pride Festival,” Telerski said. “This investment to revamp and update the space will ensure Nashua continues to have a community gathering space that welcomes everyone downtown.” 

Nashua small business owner, Alderman, and candidate for Executive Council Shoshanna Kelly shared her enthusiasm: “The Nashua Public Library is the heart of our city — creating equitable access to education, recreation, and community. This project is the perfect example of how we can work with our leaders in Washington to find and direct federal funds that create real impact in our cities and towns. As a mom and an avid reader, I cannot wait to take my children to this vibrant new community space.”

State Senator for Nashua, Cindy Rosenwald, expressed her gratitude towards Congresswoman Kuster’s efforts, stating, “Libraries are central community spaces, and I thank Rep. Kuster for securing the funding to improve Nashua’s outdoor library space.”

The project marks a significant step forward in Nashua’s ongoing downtown revitalization efforts, with federal funding playing a crucial role in enhancing the city’s public infrastructure and community spaces.

Kuster has done considerable work to create federal funding for community projects. During the Fiscal Year 2024 negotiations, she secured $500,000 to construct the Nashua Riverfront Pedestrian Bridge. During the Fiscal Year 2022 negotiations, Kuster delivered $300,000 to make the Cotton Mill Transfer Bridge ADA accessible.

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  • Colin Booth

    Based in Epsom, Colin Booth is Granite Post's political correspondent. A Granite State native and veteran political professional with a deep background in journalism, he's worked on campaigns and programs in battleground states across the country, ranging from New Hampshire, Texas, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.

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