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FOUNDED 1826, INCORPORATED 1836

TOTAL AREA: 14.54 Square Miles

FORM OF GOVERNMENT: City Council/City Manager

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CITY CONTACTS (updated February 20, 2014)

City Council: (978) 970-4040

Rodney Elliott - Mayor John Leahy - Vice Mayor Cory Belanger
James Milinazzo Edward Kennedy Jr. William Samaras
William F. Martin Rita Mercier Dan Rourke

City Department Contacts:

City Manager Bernard Lynch 978-970-4000
City Clerk Michael Geary 978-970-4161
Assistant City Manager, Division of Planning & Development Adam Baacke 978-446-7200
Assistant City Manager, Public Works Ralph Snow 978-970-3302
Chief of Police Kenneth Lavallee 978-937-3225
Chief of Fire Department Edward J. Pitta 978-459-5553
Parks and Recreation Commissioner Tom Bellegarde 978-970-4171

Planning Board: (978) 446-7200

Thomas Linnehan - Chair Richard Lockhart - Vice Chair Gerard Frechette
Stephen Gendron Joseph Boyle Robert Malavich - Associate Member

Conservation Commission: (978) 446-7200

Christopher Zacherer  - Chair Matthew Gordon Katelyn Biedron
William Lovely, Jr. Alysha Lynch Robert Mellen Sr.
Kenmontee Parrish Louisa Varnum  

Public Water System:
The City is served 100% by public water. Drinking water source is the Merrimack River. The water treatment plant on Pawtucket Boulevard has design capacity of 30 million gallons per day; average daily usage is approximately 12 million gallons per day (FY 2004). In addition to Lowell, the water utility provides water to the towns of Dracut, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, and Chelmsford.

Trash Collection:
The City has curbside trash collection and recycling. In FY99, the City collected approximately 45,000 tons of trash and 6,000 tons of recyclables. 

Sewer:
The City is served 100% by public sewer. Treatment is at Lowell Waste Water Utility Plant, which has average daily flow of approximately 27 million gallons per day and capacity to handle 32 million gallons per day. 

Library:
Lowell’s Pollard Memorial Library has FY2000 circulation of 193,609. The library is located at 401 Merrimack Street. 

Schools:
Lowell School Systems operates 16 elementary schools, 7 middle schools and one high school. 1999 – 2000 public school enrollment: 16,374 pupils. Lowell is also member community with the Greater Lowell Vocation Technical High School. 

Public Safety:
As of August 2011, 273 permanent officers staff Lowell Police Dept. The Fire Dept. roster totals 201 men and women.   

Chief of Police: Superintendent of Police Kenneth Lavallee (978) 937-3225
Email: klavallee@lowellma.gov 

Chief of Fire Department: Chief Edward J. Pitta (978) 459-5553
Email: epitta@lowellma.gov  

Rail:
Commuter rail service to North Station, Boston is available at Lowell Gallagher Terminal or North Billerica Station (travel time 40 minutes). Freight rail service is available from the Springfield Terminal Railway, contact number: (978) 663 – 1073. 

Bus:
Lowell is a member of the Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA). Fixed bus service is provided, and paratransit services, including medical trips to Boston, are available for the elderly and disabled through LRTA’s RoadRunner program.   

TAX RATE FY 2011: Residential - $14.77 per $1,000, Commercial- $30.89 per $1,000

Community Census Profiles:  2010 Census data  is currently becoming available in sections.  Tables will be updated as new data is received.  The 2000 Census Tables that have not been updated as of yet will remain below. Updated 1/25/12.

2010 Population Trends: Includes Community Population, Population by Age and Population by Race,

2010 Housing Profile: Includes Housing Units, Housing Occupancy, and Housing Tenure

2010 Household Relationship Profile: Includes Number of Households, Household Relationships, and Households by Type

2006-2010 ACS Economic Profile: Includes ACS estimates for Employment Status, Commuting to Work, Occupation, Income, and Poverty Levels

Median Home Sale Price (Banker & Tradesman) 

 

1992

1994

1996

1998

2000

1 – Family

$85,000

$78,250

$85,000

$110,000

$140,000

Condo

$38,175

$27,800

$36,000

$58,000

$85,000

All Sales 

$65,000

$47,000

$63,000

$92,950

$125,000

Housing Unit Permit Data 

1990 

1992

1994

1996

1998

2000

35

72

53

27

144

92

LAND USE CLASSIFICATION (Mass. GIS 2005)

Lowell Land Use Acreage (acres) Percentage of Total
Residential 3,548.46 38.2
Commercial 549.55 5.9
Industrial 632.04 6.8
Developed 8,125.43 87.4
Undeveloped 1,174.06 12.6
Total Acreage 9,299.48 100.0

RECREATION 

Recreational Facilities 

Lowell Dracut Tyngsborough State Forest (1,040 Acres)
Non-motorized boating, cross country skiing, fresh water fishing, hiking, hunting, ice skating, nature observation, organized events, sight seeing, walking/jogging.  ATV and Snowmobiling are not permitted in the State Forest. 

Lowell Heritage State Park (118 Acres)
Bicycling, non-motorized boating, cross country skiing, fresh water fishing, fresh water swimming, hiking, horseback riding, ice skating, nature observation, organized events, picnicking, walking/jogging. 

University of Massachusetts at Lowell (103 Acres)
Assorted facilities 

Longmeadow Golf Club (62 Acres)
Golf 

Leblanc Park (60 Acres)
Camping, general play, hiking, organized events, picnicking, and pool swimming. 

Shedd Park (52 Acres)
Baseball/softball, basketball, bicycling, cross country skiing, football/soccer, general play, hiking, organized events, other team related activities, pool swimming, tennis, walking/jogging. 

Fort Hill Park (34 Acres)
Bicycling, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, hiking, picnicking, and walking/jogging

Boulevard Park (24 Acres)
Bicycling, non-motorized boating, camping, fresh water fishing, general play, hiking, ice-skating, organized events, picnicking, walking/jogging. 

Means Of Transportation To Work  - 2000 (Census Transportation Planning Package 2000)

Subject

1990 Census 2000 Census Change 1990 to 2000
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
Workers 16 years & over 44,917 100.0 46,764 100.0 1,847 4.1
Drove alone 32,767 73.0 34,494 73.8 1,727 5.3
Carpooled 7,298 16.2 7,324 15.7 35 0.5
Public transportation (including taxicab) 1,495 3.3 1,603 3.4 108 7.2
Bicycle or walked 2,406 5.4 2,282 4.9 -124 -5.2
Motorcycle or other means 487 1.1 470 1.0 -17 -3.5
Worked at home 473 1.1 591 1.3 118 24.9

  Travel Time To Work - 2000 (Census Transportation Planning Package 2000) 

Subject

1990 Census 2000 Census Change 1990 to 2000
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
Workers who did not work at home 44,444 100.0 46,173 100.0 1,729 3.9
Less than 5 minutes 1,481 3.3 1,257 2.7 -224 -15.1
5 to 9 minutes 5,415 12.2 4,489 9.7 -926 -17.1
10 to 14 minutes 8,446 19.0 7,783 16.9 -663 -7.8
15 to 19 minutes 8,498 19.1 7,776 16.8 -722 -8.5
20 to 29 minutes 8,620 19.4 9,457 20.5 837 9.7
30 to 44 minutes 8,045 18.1 9,003 19.5 958 11.9
45 or more minutes 3,939 8.9 6,408 13.9 2,469 62.7
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 20.4 X 24.3 X 3.9 X

MEDIA:

Lowell Sun
15 Kearney Square, Lowell, (978) 458 – 7100 

Comcast Communications
12 Washer St, Lowell 

REGIONAL PLANNING AGENCY:  

Northern Middlesex Council of Governments
40 Church Street Suite 200
Lowell MA 01852
Beverly Woods, Executive Director
Phone: (978) 454 – 8021
Fax: (978) 454 – 8023