Learn More About Lynn, MA

The City of Lynn was settled by colonists from the New England Company inSalem in 1629. Early settlers relied primarily on family farming and shellfishing although an iron works was established in the city in 1643.Leather tanning became a major industry very early on and by 1775 therewere a string of tanneries along Black Marsh Brook, called Tanney Brook, tothe harbor. When the MBTA was extended from Boston to Salem in 1837, itwent through Lynn, encouraging growth in the shoe industry and a factorydistrict was created as well as shoe workers’ neighborhoods ofboardinghouses. The Civil War brought great prosperity to the city andfurther growth of the shoe factories. Even the fires of 1869 and 1889,which destroyed much of the central business district from Central Squareto Broad Street, didn’t stop expansion. The gutted buildings were simplyreplaced by five and six story shoe factories.While Lynn developed its major industrial capacity, handsome summer estateswere being built along its shore by the middle of the 19th century. Theseestablished the city as a fashionable Boston resort area. At least a dozenlarge shore estates were built and other land was subdivided forincreasingly suburban residential development. When Lynn Shore Drive wasopened in 1910, it encouraged the development of high rises to takeadvantage of the shore view.Lynn, now the largest city in Essex County, is an urban manufacturing andcommercial center, densely populated and culturally diverse. Residents areproud of the city’s long history, which parallels the history of NewEngland as a whole.

Priority Development Sites

Community Leadership

Mayor Thomas McGee

Phone (781) 598-4000
Fax (781) 599-8875

Lynn City Hall and Memorial Auditorium
Office of the Mayor, Room 306
3 City Hall Square
Lynn, Massachusetts 01901

Thomas.McGee@lynnma.gov

Aaron Clausen, Principal Planner

781-598-4000 ext 6853

Lynn City Hall and Memorial Auditorium
Office of the Mayor, Room 306
3 City Hall Square
Lynn, Massachusetts 01901

aclausen@lynnma.gov

  • Cultural Institutions & Attractions:

    High Rock Tower Park, Grand Army Museum

  • Historical Sites:

    http://lynnmuseum.org/

  • Beaches:

    King’s Beach, Long Beach, Lynn Shore Drive, Red Rock Park

  • Municipal Golf Course:

    Gannon Municipal Golf Course

Available Commercial Development Sites

Site Name

General Electric Gear Plant

Size

60 acres

Ownership

Lynnway Associates, LLC

Description

This large lot encompasses nearly 60 acres of waterfront property. This gateway parcel into Lynn is zoned for mixed use with a 20-story height restriction. This site formerly housed a General Electric gear plant.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact:

James Cowdell, Executive Director
jcowdell@ediclynn.org
781-581-9399

Site Name

830 Lynnway

Size

9 acres

Ownership

Bayside Mortgage, LLC

Description

This 9-acre property acts as a gateway into Lynn. Its zoning allows for 20 stories by right development, and it boasts beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean. This property is just nine miles from Logan Airport and 12 miles from Downtown Boston.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact:

Chuck Morneau
617-844-1717

Site Name

810 Lynnway

Size

8.5 acres

Ownership

South Harbor Assoc.

Description

8.5 acres and a direct view of the Atlantic Ocean, this property is currently being used as a market but is primed for mixed-use development. The owner is anxious to sell, and the new owner can build as high as 20 stories by right.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact:

Pat McGrath
781-844-5630
James Cowdell, Executive Director
jcowdell@ediclynn.org
781-581-9399