LHA plans $20 million project on Salem Street

Lowell Sun | By Christopher Scott
March 16, 2017

LOWELL — The Lowell Housing Authority is in the early stages of planning a $20 million residential/commercial development on the grounds of the Armand P. Mercier Community Center on Salem Street.

Housing Authority Executive Director Gary Wallace discussed the development during the latest edition of Sun Spot, the newspaper’s contribution to the Lowell Telecommunication Corp.’s weekly news magazine, LTC News.

The show airs every Thursday at 6 p.m. on LTC Channels 8 and 99.

Named after the former LHA executive director, city councilor and mayor, the Mercier Center is located between Salem and Merrimack streets. The western edge of the lot is undeveloped.

The development, Wallace said, would be geared for families who earn between $40,000-$60,000, a range that effectively removes them from consideration for more traditional LHA units.

As currently conceived, the five-story building would contain between 50-60 units. First-floor space would be commercial.

The development, Wallace said, would complement other projects in the area that are transforming the once dilapidated stretch of Merrimack Street from City Hall to Pawtucket Street, and pushing south toward Salem Street.

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