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Community Investments

Proud of its heritage, Lowell continually invests in its future while preserving its rich history, culture, and quality of life. Lowell first "reinvented" itself in the early 1980's when some of the world's leading high-tech firms established their headquarters in Lowell.

Today, dynamic public/private partnerships are the driving force behind the extraordinary level of community investment currently underway in Lowell. Leading the way in economic and community development projects are the Lowell Plan, a private, nonprofit economic development corporation, the Lowell Development and Financial Corporation, a quasi-public lending agency, MassDevelopment, a state investment band and real estate development agency, and the City's Division of Planning and Development.

Working with state and federal officials, these groups sponsor programs and incentives to encourage private investment in building renovations, infrastructure improvements, business development, and job creation.

Examples of Major Private/Public Investments in the City of Lowell include
Project Cost Status
Acre Market Basket $8M Complete
Acre Neighborhood Revitalization $64M In progress
Arcand Drive Extension $2M Complete
Ayer Lofts "Artist Live/Work Space" $4.7M Complete
Bon Marche Building Renovations $6.3M Complete
Boot Mills Renovations $25M  In progress
Cawley Stadium Sports Complex Phase I & II $2.3M Complete
Canal Place III $11M Complete
Central Business District (CBD) Improvements $4M Complete
Connector Park $11M Complete
Cross Point Towers $17M Complete
CWT Building $5M Complete
Gateway Center Complex Phase II $4M Complete
Hamilton Canal $240M In progress
Jackson-Appleton-Middlesex (JAM) Plan $50M In progress
Lawrence Mills Renovations $25M In progress
LeLecheur Baseball Stadium $10M Complete
Lowell Brewery $2.3M Complete
Lowell Canal Improvements $7.72M In Progress
Lowell General Hospital Cancer Care Center $2M Complete
Lowell High School Renovations $41M Complete
Lowell Public Schools (New/Renovated) $100M In progress
Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA) Expansion $13M Complete
Lowell Water Treatment Facility Upgrade $8.3M Complete
Massachusetts Mills Phase I and II Renovations $58.5M  Complete
Park Restorations and Upgrade City-Wide $1.2M In progress
Paul Tsongas Arena $28M Complete
Pollard Memorial Library Renovations $8.5M Complete
Post Office $4.5M Complete
Riverwalk $7M Complete
Roadway and Traffic Signal Improvements $14.5M Complete
American Textile Museum $9.8M Complete
UMass Lowell Facility Improvements (North & South Campus) $10.6M In progress
From 1975 to the mid 1990s, more than 250 historic buildings have been restored. Sixth-three structures alone generated $52 million in private investment with only $5.4 million in federal loans and grants. Since early 2003, investment in the Downtown Lowell Historic District and Acre Neighborhood District has been unprecedented with over $200 million in development completed, underway, or planned among 33 projects through 2006.
In 2004, the City of Lowell and the Lowell Development & Financial Corporation (LDFC) assisted in the purchasing of 63 homes representing an investment of $12.9 million dollars. Also, during the same period, 604 families attended the "Project Genesis Homebuyer Training" program conducted by the Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership.