- Planning & Development
- Planning Projects
- Ongoing Projects
At its creation, the Acre Urban Revitalization and Development Plan was the City’s first urban renewal plan in over 20 years.
Ayer's City Industrial Park Plan
The Ayer’s City Industrial Park Urban Revitalization and Development Project (Tanner Street Initiative) seeks to revitalize a traditional industrial area of Lowell with the potential to drive the next decade of job creation and industrial resurgence.
BetterBuildings Grant Program
The city created BetterBuildings Lowell Energy Upgrade (BLEU) in partnership with the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the National Park Service to demonstrate how energy efficiency upgrades can be achieved in commercial buildings while also adhering to historic standards
City Hall Interior Improvements
The Department of Planning Development provides interior space planning, signage, and architectural guidance for all projects at City Hall.
City Hall Landscape Improvements
This plan is a long range goal for the City and includes adding more green space, trees and improved pedestrian and handicap access.
City Manager's Neighborhood Impact Initiative
The Neighborhood Impact Initiative utilizes existing resources in a selected neighborhood each year aiming at a concentration of improvements that will have a positive impact on the neighborhood.
Concord River Greenway
The Concord River Greenway Park (also known as the CRG or Greenway) is a multi-use trail through the green heart of Lowell.
Downtown Revitalization Projects
The Department of Planning & Development works each year to maintain and improve the Downtown area.
Hamilton Canal District Plan
The Hamilton Canal District is Lowell’s premier development opportunity and is the largest single project in the City’s Jackson/Appleton/Middlesex (JAM) Urban Revitalization Plan.
The Jackson/Appleton/Middlesex (JAM) Plan was created in order to inject life into the redevelopment of the neighborhood that is located adjacent to the heart of Downtown Lowell.
Lower Locks is the dramatic complex of gates, locks, spillways, and pedestrian walkways near the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center and Middlesex Community College at the heart of Downtown Lowell. The "Revitalizing Lower Locks" study will assess the area, create a work plan of repairs and cost estimates, and create a compelling vision for a redesign of the public plazas and walkways.
River's Edge (formerly Julian Steele) on the Concord is a new family neighborhood currently being developed in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Sign & Facade Program
As part of the Manager’s Neighborhood Impact Initiative, the Department of Planning & Development reaches out to business and property owners offering the “Signage & Facade Improvement Program” to improve business exteriors and bring properties into compliance with the City’s Zoning Code.
Ongoing Open Space Projects