City of Lawrence chosen to culminate Gov. Patrick’s 50th Groundbreaking!
Mayor Lantigua welcomes Secretary Bialecki to Lawrence
October 22, 2010
Lawrence, MA –
Governor Deval Patrick and his administration made good on there promise. Governor Deval Patrick promised 50 groundbreakings in 2010 representing over $1 billion dollars of capital investment. The Governor chose Lawrence as the place to cap this program with the 50th groundbreaking at Union Crossing on Island Street in Lawrence.
Secretary Bialecki joined Mayor William Lantigua and the State Delegation today for three very important announcements.
The morning started with a ribbon cutting at the Levis Building on Methuen Street which is the home of 230 new jobs. This is a remarkable building is owned by the Yepez Brothers, who have been true partners with the State and the City of Lawrence. It is the home to professional office space and administrative offices.
The large crowd then toured the Union Crossing project and had a ceremonial ground breaking kicking off another multi-million dollar investment in downtown Lawrence.
This was Governor Patrick’s 50th shovel!
Union Crossing is a bold and innovative redevelopment project that will transform a complex 19th century textile mill into a dynamic new Lawrence neighborhood, bringing investment, housing, and jobs to the historic heart of the city. The project will create 360,000 square feet of renovated space, including family, workforce housing, commercial office, community facilities, as well as new green space and public access to the Merrimack River. The Union Crossing Project represents the first time that the “people of Lawrence” will be come Mill Owners, led by Lawrence Community Works and it’s 4,000 members. Phase One of Union Crossing will provide 60 units of healthy, energy-efficient and affordable housing for working families, state of the art child care center servicing 200 children. At the conclusion of this project over 200 permanent jobs will be created. It an estimate of 100 construction jobs during development will also be in play. This project has received local, state and federal funding and is considered a catalyst for other green design and technology projects not only in Lawrence but across the Commonwealth.
The event ended with the new Island Street Bridge actually being lowered over the canal by a crane.
Mayor Lantigua repeatedly thanked Governor Patrick and his team for their support towards the Great City of Lawrence.
“Another successful day for Lawrence and the Commonwealth, stated Mayor Lantigua has he left the ceremony.”