APPLETON MILLS


The Hamilton Canal District is a transit-oriented, waterfront development in Lowell, Massachusetts. It is part of a smart-growth strategy detailed in the city’s comprehensive plan entitled Sustainable Lowell 2025. Appleton Mills, located in the Hamilton Canal District, is live/work space for artists. Trinity Financial was selected as the master developer of the thirteen-acre site. The canal area’s restoration was a high priority for the city of Lowell, the National Park Service, and Governor Deval Patrick.


When fully constructed the restoration project consists of twelve new buildings that includes 600 housing units of which 130 are deemed affordable housing. The mixed use space has half-of-a-million square feet of office and retail development. The complex contains sustainable features, including vegetated green roofs, rain gardens, energy efficient mechanical systems, and Energy Star® appliances.


This project received the following awards:

    • 2012 Housing Design Awards Adaptive Reuse Citation from the Boston Society of Architects
    • 2011 Award for Excellence in Heritage Preservation from the Lowell National Historical Park and Lowell Heritage Partnership
    • 2011 Builder’s Choice Design Award for Live/Work from the Associated General Contractors of America
    • 2011 J. Timothy Anderson Award for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation, Winner Best Historic Rehabilitation Utilizing Low-Income Housing Tax Credits
    • 2011 Development of Distinction Award in the Historic Cate-gory and an Honorable Mention in the Major Community Impact Category from Novogradac and Company