I can only guess myself, as someone who lived in Lowell for 8 years relatively near this location.I too am a little perplexed by the no residential reasoning.
Is there any reason this area needs a master developer? Can the city not just go parcel by parcel?
I understand their reasoning too. Lowell probably doesn't want to just be a bedroom. They want independent significance, and that comes from commercial presence. I think the central cities are looking to do the opposite, increase residential, so they can become 24/7 places. It depends on the city's existing perspective/role in the larger metro area I think, and as an outsider Lowell appears to be mostly bedroom (despite its obvious local service establishments and probably a few other notable commercial presences).I can only guess myself, as someone who lived in Lowell for 8 years relatively near this location.
My guess is that the city feels that the downtown and surrounding area is already fairly residential. Most of the area within the canals (at least near the hamilton) already hosts nice loft buildings for residential.
Like a lot of other formerly great cities and current gateway cities Lowell probably believes in revitalizing the downtown with a relevant mix (office) that can draw people into the city.
Lowell already has some major employers, but they live on the periphery. If their vision is to revitalize, I understand their reasoning.
great updates. thx. hopefully will happen.Has anyone heard of or seen plans for the Lupoli Co 20 story tower in the HCD? http://richardhowe.com/2017/10/08/lowell-week-in-review-october-8-2017/
Did some sleuthing and found a proposal on the Lowell city site (kinda a PNF) for this project. I'll grab some screenshots later, but here is the PDF.Holy Smokes. That would be beautiful, but my internal skeptic thinks that there is no way a $900K condo would sell down there. I say this as a huge Lowell fan (I still own two condos there and lived there for eight years).
Renderings from the architect's website:
12 Stories. 66 Units.Renderings from the architect's website:
Yup. The lot parcel 1950-11 is owned by someone else:I totally agree, but I wonder if they actually own the lot. The diagram shows there being a property line between the building and the parking lot.
The new Lowell Justice Center will provide state-of-the-art facilities for the Superior, District, Probate & Family, Juvenile, and Housing Courts of Middlesex County, according to officials.
The building will provide new space for the Middlesex County Registry of Deeds, District Attorney, and a resource center for self-represented litigants. The 3.
3-acre site will have 17 courtrooms. The estimated completion date is fall 2019.
It's from last month, but the Lowell Justice Center has been topped off. This building is f'n massive. Easily the most visible building in the Mill City. I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, it'll be able to house other courts and consolidate them to one convenient place. On the contrary, a building of that size gives me the feeling that it'll just be a massive criminal justice factory with the poor, non-whites and disabled on the receiving end of a gavel. A courthouse shouldn't be this monolithic but it is.