The Hamilton Canal District is a 13-acre transit-oriented waterfront development in Lowell. It is part of a smart-growth strategy detailed in the city’s comprehensive plan, Sustainable Lowell 2025. Appleton Mills is located in the district and is designed to accommodate both living spaces and workspaces for artists. The canal area’s restoration was a high priority for the City of Lowell, the National Park Service, and Governor of Massachusetts.
The fully restored mill consists of 12 buildings providing 600 housing units of which 130 are deemed affordable housing with a mixed use portion of 500,000 square feet of office and retail development. Sustainable design features include vegetated green roofs, rain gardens, energy efficient mechanical systems, and Energy Star® appliances.