Brownfields Redevelopment Fund Supports Duck Mill - Union Crossing Redevelopment in Lawrence

August 11, 2015


Kelsey Abbruzzese, MassDevelopment, 617-330-2086 & 617-448-9077 (cell)

Hershey Hirschkop, Lawrence Community Works, 978-722-2621

MassDevelopment has awarded a $208,000 grant from the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund to Lawrence CommunityWorks (LCW), a local nonprofit spearheading the Duck Mill – Union Crossing Phase II redevelopment in downtown Lawrence. The organization will use funds for the site’s cleanup, including licensed site professional oversight of above ground storage tank removal and lead-based paint abatement. This second phase of the Union Crossing project is an adaptive reuse of the five-story former cotton and wool manufacturing building known as the Duck Mill, located on the North Canal in downtown Lawrence. When completed, the 2.2-acre site will consist of 10,000 square feet of commercial space and 73 units of affordable rental housing. The units will provide housing for low-income individuals and families. In total, MassDevelopment has provided $338,510  in brownfields funds for the second phase of the Union Crossing redevelopment.

"MassDevelopment is pleased to partner with LCW in its efforts to redevelop the Duck Mill, thereby increasing affordable housing and sparking economic activity in a Gateway City," said MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones. "The money from the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund over the last five years has helped this project revitalize a part of the heart of Lawrence."

To finance the nearly $29 million redevelopment, LCW secured a combination of state and federal historic tax credits, state and federal low income housing tax credits, HOME funds, several other housing program funds and permanent financing.

"LCW is thrilled to continue our contributions to the redevelopment of Lawrence’s beautiful, historic mill district," said Jessica Andors, Executive Director of LCW. "This project is the result of intensive planning and visioning with local residents and stakeholders, and tenacious hard work by staff, Board, and partners.  It will bring both housing and jobs to the area, and advances our role as a catalytic force in Lawrence’s resurgence."

MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. During FY2014, MassDevelopment financed or managed 314 projects generating investment of more than $2.9 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are projected to create more than 6,300 jobs and build or rehabilitate more than 1,600 residential units.