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Acre Neighborhood District

Acre Neighborhood District

 
New Construction, Suffolk Street
 
 
Located in a portion of one of Lowell’s earliest neighborhoods, the Acre Neighborhood District (AND) is a design review district created on October 12, 1999 by the Lowell City Council under procedures established pursuant to the Lowell Historic Board's state statute (Lowell Historic District Act, Chapter 566, Acts of 1983). Creation of the AND was the first neighborhood review district established under the Board’s statute and first expansion of its review powers since the boundaries of the Downtown Lowell Historic District (DLHD) were expanded in 1986.
 
Establishment of this design review district was an important element of the Acre Urban Revitalization and Development Plan. The Plan called for the creation of the district to ensure proper and coordinated development in the plan area not already included in the DLHD. The goal is to maintain the historic urban character of the Acre neighborhood and ensure that future development complements that existing character. Establishing design review controls in the neighborhood was a major element of the Plan in order to ensure that community actions would not be inconsistent with the Plan’s goals.
 
Within the AND, the erection, demolition, or alteration of any exterior feature (and interior when work affects the exterior appearance) of a building, structure, or parcel requires the approval of the Board before work begins and any other City approvals are issued.  The best way to determine if the work you're contemplating requires Historic Board review is to contact the Board's staff.  The Board and its staff are always available to assist with any questions regarding design and process in the district.
 
Click below to find out more about permitting requirements, design standards, and other information related to the Acre Neighborhood District.
 

Review and Permitting Process Boundary Map​
Historic Permit Application District Streets and Addresses​
Application Fee Schedule​ Enforcement Process​
Design Review Standards​