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Lowell gets $2.5m for Hamilton Canal District remake

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Lowell has been awarded more than $2 million in federal funding to support construction of a second bridge in the Hamilton Canal District. According to a statement released by US Representative Niki Tsongas, who strongly supported the investment, the $2.48 million US Economic Development Administration grant “supports roadway, bridge, and infrastructure improvements within the Hamilton Canal District, with the goal of creating better circulation and access, as well as attracting additional public projects and spurring private investment.” The project looks to reinvent 15 acres of vacant, previously industrial land into a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood connecting downtown, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, the Charles A. Gallagher Multimodal Terminal, and other key areas. Federal officials estimate the project could create up to 150 jobs and leverage $60 million in private investment.

Brenda J. Buote can be reached at brenda.buote@gmail.com.