Latest News – December 2023

Town of Barnstable Receives over $3.25 Million Dollars in State Grant Funding

The Town of Barnstable has received four FY2024 Community One Stop for Growth grant awards from the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (EOHLC) which total more than $3.25 million dollars. Grant funds will support four projects including:

$1,800,000 from the MassWorks Infrastructure Program for the implementation of the Great Streets Project through the conversion of the roadway network in downtown Hyannis from one- way to two-way travel, improved pedestrian and bicycle network; and the rehabilitation of the six points intersection that serves as a primary gateway around Hyannis Harbor. This transformative project is designed for efficient implementation, working almost exclusively within the existing pavement and with minor modifications of key gateway intersections. The intent is for final design to be completed in 2024 and implementation to begin late that year.

$1,379,840 from the HousingWorks Infrastructure Program for the design and installation of a sewer pump station and sewer connection at Stevens Street and North Street. The installation of the sewer pump station will enable the redevelopment of a currently vacant 1.5 acre site in downtown Hyannis with approximately 50 units of mixed income housing, providing opportunities for low-moderate income ownership. The intent is for final design to be completed in 2024 and implementation to begin late that year.

$50,000 from the Real Estate Services Technical Assistance Program for the Town of Barnstable to examine the feasibility of establishing a District Improvement Financing (DIF) Program in downtown Hyannis and to develop a plan for program implementation. This project would include retaining consultant services to determine the economic feasibility of a Downtown Hyannis DIF District, as well as the development of a Downtown Hyannis DIF Development District Plan.  This feasibility study will be developed in early 2024.

$25,000 from the MA Downtown Initiative Program for consultant services to assist the Town of Barnstable with enhanced downtown Hyannis signage design guidelines. This initiative will further the ongoing Design Guidelines and Regulations Update that is currently underway. The intent is to provide developers and local decision-makers alike with clear and consistent expectations for the quality and character of new signage proposals in downtown Hyannis. This process will be undertaken in early 2024.

If you have any questions regarding the awarded grants please contact Elizabeth Jenkins, Director of Planning and Development at or 508-862-4678.

Hyannis Harbor Stakeholders Meeting

The Town of Barnstable was recently awarded a Municipal Vulnerability Program (MVP) Action Grant from the State to develop a focused master plan for Hyannis Harbor and the immediate surrounding area. The goal of the Hyannis Harbor Master Plan is to better understand the current and future challenges and opportunities of this working and recreational waterfront, and create a cohesive strategy for the mix of land uses that activate the harbor area on a daily basis. In addition, the Town seeks to review and plan for the growing development pressures immediately around Hyannis Harbor and better align its current zoning to meet today’s needs, while also making the Harbor and associated development areas more resilient to the threats of climate change.

As a part of the development of this plan, the Town is looking to engage Hyannis Harbor stakeholders at various stages throughout the process to solicit public feedback on this initiative. Any businesses that are adjacent to or utilize the Harbor are encouraged to participate.

The first stakeholder meetings will take place at the Hyannis Steamship Authority meeting room (141 School Street, 2nd floor) on Wednesday, December 13th. At this meeting a brief overview of the project will be presented before an initial interactive evaluation of the strength, weakness, opportunities, and challenges of the project area, and will conclude with discussion on next steps. A light lunch will be provided and there will be two different options for timeslots to attend:

  • 10:00am – 11:30am
  • 12:00pm – 1:30pm

If you are interested in attending, please register at the following link:

If you have any questions please email Kyle Pedicini, Community and Economic Development Planner, at or call 774-487-1246.

Exhibitors Wanted for WaterWorks2024    Waterworks

The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce is hosting a hands-on career showcase on January 16th, 2024 that connects high school students to blue economy and STEM career opportunities in our region. This allows students to experience first-hand the many blue economy jobs and career paths available to them through demonstrations, exhibits, face-to-face conversation and hands-on activities.

The Chamber is currently seeking businesses, organizations, and institutions who are interested in being an exhibitor at this event. Registration is available through January 2nd, 2024 at the following link: If you have any questions please contact Katy Acheson at or call/text 508-744-5564.

Advertising Opportunities for Businesses and Organizations 

The Hyannis Youth & Community Center has several opportunities for businesses and non-profit organizations to promote their products and services by using dedicated space for take-out menus and tri-fold brochures, as well as banners in the rinks and gymnasium. Email or text/call 508-441-2324.

You can also visit to sign up today.

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EforAll Cape Cod Accepting Applications for Spring 2024 Business Accelerator Program

EforAll Cape Cod is now accepting applications for their spring 2024 business accelerator program. This is a free, one-year program that provides immersive business training, mentorship, and access to an extended professional network. Applications are due by 5pm on January 17th.

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