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New Bedford

New Bedford TDI District MapThe New Bedford TDI District was at the hub of the region’s creative innovation economy. Anchored by an array of institutions, arts and cultural amenities, and iconic businesses, the district has recently attracted several public and private investments, including a new hotel, a community coworking space, and multiple new restaurants. The district and wider downtown are primed for additional new development, containing developable sites that could support a dense and diverse residential population with an array of new housing, quality dining options, and unique retail attractions. In its final year in the TDI program, the New Bedford TDI Partnership worked to continue and expand marketing efforts for downtown, focus on the long-term management, programming, maintenance, and development of the block around Wings Court, and identify appropriate mid- to long-term district management structures and financing sources.



City of New Bedford New Bedford Economic Development Council Waterfront Historic Area League HallKeen Management
Downtown New Bedford Inc. Entrepreneurship For All New Bedford Seaport Cultural District SouthCoast Chamber
3rd Eye Unlimited Co-Creative Center Bristol Community College CVPA
New Bedford Historical Society NBAM Super Flat New Bedford


Technical Assistance

New Bedford Active Use Strategy
Consultant Graffito SP created a strategy to activate New Bedford’s downtown through placemaking, activating vacant storefronts, raising the district’s profile, and making lighting improvements.

New Bedford Parking Study and Strategy
A joint project of the New Bedford Harbor Commission, the City of New Bedford, and MassDevelopment, consultant Stantec analyzed the number and location of city parking spaces and made recommendations of how to meet the city’s parking needs.

New Bedford Placemaking Strategy
Consultant Utile, with assistance from Visual Dialogue, created a strategy for public art and district branding for selected sites in the Purchase Street neighborhood. 


For more information, contact:

Mary Ellen DeFrias
VP Community Development – South Region
Direct: 508-678-0533 x1202
Email: mdefrias@massdevelopment.com