The 15-acre Hamilton Canal Innovation District site is centered on the confluence of four canals (Hamilton, Western, Merrimack and Pawtucket Canals). These canals serve as key features of the development, providing the opportunity for waterfront pedestrian paths and spectacular view corridors. The confluence of the Pawtucket and Merrimack Canals is marked by the Swamp Locks, one of two historic lock chambers in the City, which are used by Lowell National Historical Park (LNHP) boat tours. The canals themselves are privately owned, dating to the Industrial Revolution, but recreational rights and the canal side land in the district are generally public resources owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The development area is bounded by Middlesex Street to the south, Dutton Street to the west, the National Park Visitor Center to the north and Canal Street. The site includes lands that are divided into three sections by the Pawtucket and Hamilton Canals. Approximately half of the site is fully serviced by utilities and rights-of-way and comprises pad-ready development parcels (See Hamilton Canal District Master Plan in “Exhibits to RFQ”). This area (including parcels 1, 2, 3A, 4, 5, 8 & 9) is approximately 6.5 acres and lies between the Lower Pawtucket and Hamilton canals. The other half (including parcels 11, 15, 16, 17 & 17A) is 3.8 acres located north of the Pawtucket Canal, needs additional utility and roadway construction and the LNHP land swap to proceed to be ready for construction. The City is currently seeking funding through the state for this infrastructure. This site is contiguous to the successfully restored Canal Place condominiums and the Market Mills, home to the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center.