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Real Estate Development


kids-with-map.jpg One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade.” - Chinese Proverb
Lawrence is a beautiful city, striking in the shear weight and heft of its 19th century mill buildings and dense tenement neighborhoods. The City was built for another time though, a time without cars when the vast majority of residents walked to work. Its 19th century infrastructure and many of its brick and wood framed structures remain, dispersed now among a few vacant, weed covered lots.

There has been neglect certainly, as well as the ravages of fire and weather over the past 4-5 decades. And all of that shows in a walk or a drive through any number of the City’s neighborhoods. But now, at least on some streets, new homes, new parks and new energy is sprouting up from some of the most derelict properties in Lawrence.



The Mission of LCW’s Real Estate Development Department is to:

Improve the physical condition of Lawrence neighborhoods by transforming derelict, contaminated or under utilized real property into the positive, valuable and beautiful community assets called for by residents.”

Real Estate development is a core competency of Lawrence CommunityWorks and has been almost since the organization’s inception in 1986. The original mission of the then Immigrant City CDC, was to win the development rights of an urban renewal parcel so that affordable housing could be built for Lawrence Families.

Since that time, Immigrant City, then the Lawrence Planning and Neighborhood Development Corporation, and since 2000: Lawrence CommunityWorks, has been responsible for over $27 Million in community assets development, including over 250 units of rental and homeownership housing, a community center, and almost 3 acres of open space on over 30 vacant and abandoned properties in Lawrence.

Today, LCW is poised to develop over 400,000 square feet of historic mill space as well as an additional ½ acre of vacant land and 3 additional abandoned buildings – all as part of the steady march toward transforming Lawrence’s 19th century beauty into a 21st Century gem for families and children of the Merrimack Valley. 

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