The former site of Ludlow Mills will receive state assistance to accelerate brownfield cleanup and spur new development.
Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray made the announcement Thursday afternoon. The funding is part of the Brownfields Support Team initiative launched in 2008, which coordinates federal, state and local agencies.
The 170-acre Ludlow Mills site was once the largest jute-producing factory in the world, employing 5,000 until it shut down.
The Ludlow Mills site was purchased by WestMass in 2011. A medical facility and senior living complex are planned for the site.
Four other brownfields sites in Amesbury, Fitchburg, Hyde Park and New Bedford are also receiving funding.
The Brownfields Support Team has previously funded cleanup efforts in Attleboro, Chelmsford, Chicopee, Fall River, Gardner, Grafton, Haverhill, Somerville, Springfield and Worcester.
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