March 2019 Minutes

Notes from March 25, 2019 LDNA Meeting

Treasurer’s Report: Currently at $880.29

Police Report: Captain Thomas Kennedy reported that only 10 crimes were reported in the downtown over the period. He stated that additional patrol officers had been assigned. Captain Kennedy also spoke of improvements at the TD Bank area on Central  Street.  The old benches have been removed, and will be replaced with fewer benches – some of which will be the property of the building owner.  There will be further enhancements to the plaza in general, which will hopefully cut down on some of the problem behavior in the area – while still allow outdoor seating for the residents of the aprtments upstairs.  In addition, a police substation will be created across the street – in the Eastern Bank

Economic Development Update:  Maria Dickinson, Economic Development Officer, reported that the department has been focusing on new businesses – while still working with existing businesses.   She explained how all of the roadwork and the new bridge should provide new gateways to the Hamilton Canal District.  The city is interviewing for a general contractor for the Courthouse area garage, and noted that there is also some interest from a private developer in building another garage in the area.  This would be similar to the garage by Perkins Street.  Ms. Dickinson also mentioned that Winn Development will have two new buildings which will be a combination of commercial and residential units.  She also reported that the Downtown Ventures Fund had funneled $235,000 to new retail and restaurant establishments.   Among them are Warp & Weft, Purple Carrot, and Th Keep.  She also noted how the city provided a forgivable loan to help Eyeful Beauty acquire their new space.  Her office also has marketing workshops available free of charge, and Economic Development also provides grants.  Ms. Dickinson reported that two companies are either expanding in or moving to the Boot Mills complex.  She listed Big Poke, Lao de Cafe, Powerhouse Juice, Pups of Lowell, Vinaan Cafe, and Panela as new downtown businesses.  Ms. Dickinson then introduced Juan Acevedo and his sister from Panela Restaurant on Hanover Street.

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