City Hall is invested in Downtown Lowell’s success.
That was the message delivered loud and clear at the Downtown Business Stakeholder Meeting held on March 5th at the Enterprise Bank Community Room. Mayor William Samaras and several Lowell City Councilors joined City Manager Kevin Murphy and members of the city administration in giving updates and answering questions on a myriad of issues facing Downtown Lowell.
This marked the latest in a series of engagement sessions between the city and the downtown business community, discussing how the City can better assist stakeholders in improving a successful business environment.
Manager Murphy began the evening with a welcome to the number of new businesses that had set up shop in the city since the last meeting including Purple Carrot Bakery, Crepes and the City, and Warp & Weft, among others.
Economic Development Director Andrew Shapiro gave an overview of different programs and opportunities for specifically available for businesses in Lowell such as microloan programs from the Lowell Development and Finance Corporation and reimbursement options for new signage that meets Lowell Historic Board regulations.
Claire Ricker updated the attendees on the progress being made in the Hamilton Canal Innovation District, including public infrastructure improvements and several private developments beginning to take shape.
The city also provided attendees with a copy of their “See Something, Say Something” guide. The guide is to help direct people who to contact whenever they see something such as dead street lights, graffiti, potholes, broken benches, missing street signs, or overflowing dumpsters.
The administration intends to hold these stakeholder meetings on a regular (at least biannual) basis. The city also recently decided to revive the Downtown Coordinator designation as another interface between the government and its central business community.