Saturday Chat: There is more to Lowell than one project – Lowell Sun

LOWELL -- Whereas the town is fairly break up over the situation of a brand new highschool with a price ticket of more than $300 million, many people have sort of misplaced observe of all the event occurring within the metropolis.

Hopefully, the brand new buildings will ease the ache of paying for the highschool as Lowell is seeing some fairly excessive-finish models already offered, below building or within the starting stage.

Metropolis Supervisor Kevin Murphy is urging folks to settle down and wait till all of the information are in earlier than making judgment on the situation and worth of the college.

That is in all probability good recommendation.

So, as a diversion, I talked to just a few builders and was fairly impressed at their optimism of the housing market, particularly in downtown Lowell.

I discover the numbers thrilling and staggering.

The Daly Group growth at One East Merrimack, situated throughout from the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, is going to see a excessive-rise fashionable facility with the most costly condos within the historical past of the town.

The Panos household is transferring via the allowing course of for its thrilling boutique lodge/restaurant project on Market Avenue.

John DeAngelis is ending up the entrance part of the previous Sun headquarters in Kearney Sq. and has acquired the area inside 491 Dutton St. previously occupied by the American Textile Historical past Museum, and has some fairly elaborate plans for that website.

Sal Lupoli is transferring quickly with the Thorndike Trade project, which is able to embody flats, eating places and industrial area.


The Imaginative and prescient Growth personal dormitory project for UMass Lowell college students, throughout the road from the highschool, is leasing flats for September occupancy.

And phrase is the outside of the $200 million judicial middle in Hamilton Canal District will probably be up by December.

I really like searching my window and seeing cranes and vehicles preparing for a brand new fashionable constructing via a sea of purple bricks.

Mixed, these initiatives complete a few billion and most are taxable.

DeAngelis already has opened seven models within the entrance part of the previous newspaper constructing the place I spent more than 40 years of my life.

The models had been pushing the $500,000 price ticket.

He is taking a look at some actual upscale three-degree condos within the constructing that used to be The Sun's press room.

A subsidiary of the Lowell Housing Authority is within the preliminary levels of an residence/industrial growth within the $20 million worth degree on Merrimack Avenue just a few blocks up from Metropolis Corridor.

This project is designed to assist working poor households with reasonably priced rents and also will be taxable. The company, below this plan, may even launch plenty of residential properties again to the personal rental market and again to the tax rolls.

It seems to be just like the excessive-college situation might linger till August as councilors are searching for a clearer image of the choices and the impression on college students, taxpayers and neighborhoods.

For the time being, we must always not lose sight of every thing else occurring within the metropolis.

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