Throwback Thursday – March 2005 – Hamilton Canal

Lowell Sun 2005

IN ADDITION to the cop OT uprising, another interesting issue surfaced at last Tuesday’s City Council meeting: the city’s redevelopment efforts inside the Hamilton Canal District.

On a motion by Councilor James Milinazzo, councilors told Cox to soon present them with a report on land and building acquisitions in the 19-acre swath. What’s going on here?

There has been some grumbling that the Cox administration isn’t moving quickly enough to acquire buildings in that area that are owned by James Lichoulas, who historically has been one of the city’s biggest tax scofflaws and owns the key Appleton Mills complex.

While Lichoulas butted heads with Cox predecessor Brian Martin, he has peacefully co-existed with Cox. Indeed, it seems that Lichoulas has gone from city whipping boy to respected businessman.

(GN: Lowell hasn’t been able to fill that space in 11 years but some knuckleheads think that the present LHS would have people tearing the doors down to move in? Two of the biggest most respected developers in the state can’t fill Hamilton Canal but some local yokels who have nothing but self interest at heart think they know better! The Jean D’Arc Credit Union property on upper Merrimack has been empty for over a year and how long did the Smith Baker Center and Union Bank properties sit empty?)

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