More Good News for Hamilton Canal Innovation District
LOWELL -- The city is moving forward with another project to revitalize the Hamilton Canal Innovation District.
City officials have come to an agreement in principle with WinnDevelopment to develop about 130 units of housing and 5,000 to 8,000 square feet of commercial space on parcels 8 and 9 in the district.
On Tuesday, Winn officials were in front of the City Council, petitioning for the city to convey an easement over a portion of the under-construction bridge that divides the two parcels. They said the easement is necessary to construct a skybridge that will connect the mixed-use structures.
The City Council voted to refer the petition to the Law Department for a report of recommendation.
“It’s another step to get shovels into the ground,” said Kevin Broderick, attorney for Winn.
Winn has submitted project plans to the Lowell Zoning Board of Appeals, and continues to pursue other necessary permits for the project.
Construction is anticipated to begin by March, pending City Council and state approval of the development plan.
“It makes a lot of sense to continue to move forward with this project,” City Councilor Rodney Elliott said.
The development will be financed in part with resources from the state Department of Housing and Community Development. DHCD has told Winn that a condition of funding is the council’s approval of an easement by Sept. 10.
On Tuesday, the council also:
* Approved National Grid’s request to relocate utilities for bridge replacement on Pawtucket Street over the Pawtucket Canal.
* Approved National Grid’s request to relocate utilities for bridge replacement on Pawtucket Street over the Northern Canal.
* Approved New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC’s request to install a small cell site for mobile device data delivery located at 1007 Gorham St.
* Accepted a report on 1st Street Security Cameras.
* Accepted a report on Narcotics Cameras.
* Accepted a report on Precinct Staffing.
* Accepted a report on Mental Health Care Center.
* Accepted a report on LHS Project Working Group.
* Accepted a report on Downtown Upper Floor Vacancies.
* Accepted a report on Smart Water Meters.
* Accepted a report on School Department Assistance.
* Accepted a report on State Foundation Budget.
* Accepted a report on Hamilton Canal Innovation District.
* Accepted a report on Crime Stoppers.
* Received a report on AFG Grant awarded to Lowell Fire Department.
* Received a report on LHS School Building Committee Appointments.
* Received a report on Green Communities Grant Award.
* Approved out-of-state travel for the Department of Planning and Development, and for the Lowell Regional Water Utility.
* Accepted gift of $200 from the Committee to Elect Dave Nangle for the literacy program at Pollard Memorial Library.
* Accepted gift from Whitman And Bingham Assoc. LLC.
* Authorized the city manager execute the memorandum of understanding with the Lowell Police Superior Officers.
* Request City Manager investigate the reasons for idling trains in the Lawrence Street area.
* Request City Manager update council regarding the white building on Butler School grounds.
* Request City Manager update council regarding an appointment of a Neighborhood Service Coordinator for the city.
* Request City Council endorse a rally to promote unity celebration in the community on Aug. 28 at City Hall.
* Request City Manager explore feasibility of creating a 15-minute parking space at 178 University Ave. for local business.
* Request Council support displaying a bust of George D. Kouloheras in the foyer of City Hall next to bust of Clement McDonough at no expense to the city.
* Request City Manager have DPD provide a detailed presentation, justifying how filling in the Lord Overpass will be an improvement to the traffic congestion problems in the area.
* Request City Manager include with each motion response the work hours that it took to accomplish the task and further include an estimate of costs for each motion.
* Request City Manager schedule a public meeting with new Police Superintendent as soon as possible after the hiring.
* Request City formally support H.R. 5754 (Cambodian Democracy act of 2018) passed by the U.S. House Of Representatives and condemn the fraudulent elections that took place in Cambodia on July 29; further request the city send a letter of support to Sens. Warren and Markey for passage of Senate 2412 (Cambodian Accountability & Return On Investment ActóCARI) encouraging the restoration of civil and political rights of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), media and civil society organizations, restoration of elected officials to their elected offices and release of all political prisoners.
* Request City Manager meet with the director of the Middlesex Shelter and neighborhood representatives to discuss illegal activities taking place outside and adjacent to the shelter.
* Request City Manager provide updated report regarding trash violations and fines collected to date.
* Request City Manager have proper department install signage of updated parking rates replacing the old signage in the parking garages.
* Request Environmental and Flood Issues Subcommittee have the Lowell Sustainability Council present the Solarize Lowell program.
* Request City Manager have proper department repair the perimeter fence at Eagle Park.
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