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The facing page illustrates estimated costs, development subsidies, and operating revenues for one residential building under the proposed NMOD.

Priority consideration for other state resources such as quasi-public financing and training programs

PLAN APPROVAL PROCESS: All projects should be subject to a Plan Approval to ensure consistency with the purpose and intent of the NMOD. The City of Lowell should designate a Plan Approval Authority (PAA), possibly the Lowell Historic Board, to review projects and issue decisions. The Lowell Historic Board would be appropriate, because of the number of historic buildings at the Nottingham Mills site, and because of its experience acting in such a capacity for other overlay districts in Lowell’s Zoning Code Ordinance.

Brownfields remediation assistance

$150,000 in technical assistance money from the state

Enhanced marketing by the Massachusetts office of business development, and the Massachusetts alliance for economic development; and

Technical assistance provided by the regional planning council

ADDITIONAL FINANCING AT NOTTINGHAM MILLS: If the political opportunity presents itself, Lowell’s Division of Planning and Development should consider proposing that the 6-acre Nottingham Mills super-block become a Priority Development Site (PDS). The provision for a PDS was created through Massachusetts state legislation. It encourages local governments to institute expedited permitting processes at key economic development sites in exchange for financial and technical resources from the state. PDSs are specifically meant to encourage development on sites that are zoned for industrial or commercial use, contain large, underutilized buildings for redevelopment, are located next to existing development, and are close to transit facilities. Several parcels or projects may be included within a single PDS. Lowell has used this designation once to create the Hamilton Canal Priority Development District. If the Nottingham Mills site became a PDS, it could retain design and use principles similar to the proposed NMOD while gaining access to important benefits, such as: •

Priority consideration for community development action grants, and public works economic development grants

PHASING OPTION 1: PHASING INTERVENTION 1

Lowell Division of Planning and Development (DPD) to organize Cupples Square Business Association, Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association, and other area businesses to provide input on Lower Highlands small business needs

2

Neighborhood organizations, in partnership with Lowell DPD, to pitch SBC business model to potential non-profit and for-profit owners

3

Identified organization to secure public and private financing for site, begin redevelopment and marketing of rental space

PHASING OPTION 2: PHASING INTERVENTION 1

Lowell DPD to organize neighborhood residents to gain input on use and design principles of Nottingham Mills Site

2

Lowell DPD to prepare Nottingham Mills Overlay District proposal for approval by planning board and city council Lowell DPD and Plan Approval Authority to administer Nottingham Mills Overlay District and review project applications

NOTTINGHAM MILLS & RMV

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Lowell, MA neighborhood plan for the Lower Highlands  

In the Fall of 2009, a team of graduate students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning p...

Lowell, MA neighborhood plan for the Lower Highlands  

In the Fall of 2009, a team of graduate students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning p...

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