North Shore Priority Development Sites

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The North Shore Alliance for Economic Development (the “Alliance”) is a regional convener and catalyst on the North Shore that supports economic development initiatives through collaboration, advocacy and regional communication. The Alliance brings regional leaders from 30 communities together to explore and take action on economic development issues that can help grow the region, including those that advance the Commonwealth as a whole. The Alliance fosters growth of the region’s economy, supports established companies and encourages new and growing businesses to locate to the North Shore.

The North Shore Priority Development Site Map has been created with information gathered as a result of the Alliance’s convening of the region’s Economic Development Directors, City and Town Planners and Community Directors. Each Community provided their top three commercial Priority Development Sites and a point(s) of contact. Collectively this information provides an overview that will assist businesses that are interested in expanding in or locating to the region. We hope this listing is useful and encourage you to contact the individuals as listed.

What follows are the Priority Development Site listings that each community has provided to the Alliance as well as the contact information to contact for each site. We hope this listing is useful and encourage you to contact the individuals as listed.

 

Amesbury, MA

Amesbury has a long history of innovation and tradition. First settled in 1645, its earliest industries included mill yards, shipping, and a robust ferry service across the Merrimack River. By the 19th century, the marine industry gave way to mills, iron works, and Amesbury’s most famous industry carriage building. The same handsome stone industrial buildings that once made nails, cloth and carriages are now filled with a diversity of manufactured products and the situation of Amesbury at a transportation crossroad of Interstate 95 and 495 gives the city a good competitive edge for both commercial and residential development.

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If you are interested in learning more, please contact

William Scott, Director of Community & Economic Development
scottw@amesburyma.gov
978-388-8110, Ext. 313


Beverly, MA

Beverly is a desirable North Shore destination with recreation, shopping and dining options for all tastes and styles. Located on the North Shore of Massachusetts, about 26 miles from Boston, Beverly has a unique personality– small town charm coupled with a city identity. Beverly has a first class public school system, excellent access to Route 128, five commuter rail stations, a municipal golf course and airport making it an easy place to work, visit or live. Beverly is a great place to live with stable, diverse communities in picturesque settings. With miles of coastline, public parks and open spaces, Beverly is aptly called the “Garden City.” A strong partnership between business, government and community coupled with a thriving downtown and many business hubs, attracts a wide range of businesses to Beverly. Beverly is also a hub for creativity that supports many artists who own their own businesses and studios.

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Site Name
1 Water Street
Address
1 Water St,
Beverly, MA 01915
Size
1 acre

Description

1 Water Street is 41,668 square feet parcel located on the Beverly Harbor front located at the foot of the Beverly-Salem Bridge. A vacant one-story building with a footprint of approximately 3,162 sq. ft. that was originally the location of a McDonald’s fast food restaurant, however most recently housed offices and meeting space for the City of Beverly Harbormaster. The City of Beverly is owner of the property and is seeking a developer/ restaurant operator to develop a waterfront restaurant.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Aaron Clausen
aclausen@beverlyma.gov
978-605-2341

Address
32 Dunham Rd,
Beverly, MA 01915
Size
Parcel is 6 acres; building is 37,502 sq. ft

Description

32 Dunham includes a 37,502 square foot building on 6 acres of land located in
a beautiful setting. Zoned for industrial, research and office, with high visibility on route 128. Less than 30 minutes from downtown Boston and Logan airport.
Redevelopment of the site may be an option.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Dan Fox, MerryFox Realty
dan@MerryFoxRealty.com
978-740-0008

Site Name
Cummings Center
Address
62, Elliott St,
Beverly, MA 01915
Size
2 million sq. ft. complex

Description

Cummings Center is a vibrant corporate campus with easy access to multiple major routes, the commuter rail and downtown Beverly with many dining and shopping options. Lease any size, high quality, office, laboratory, or research space in this extraordinary complex. Cummings Center offers world-class quality and flexibility. It is home to an eclectic population of more than 500 diverse businesses, including dozens of corporate headquarters, and major software developers, plus pharmaceutical, biotech, and other types of research firms, as well as service firms of all varieties.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Steve Drohosky
sjd@cummings.com
978-720-4066


Boxford, MA

Boxford, a town in Essex County, is located 24 miles north of Boston. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town’s population in 2010 was 7,965. Boxford is zoned almost entirely ResidenceAgricultural with minimum 2-acre zoning and is divided into Boxford Village (commonly called East Boxford) and West Boxford Village, corresponding to the respective East and West Boxford centers. The town is heavily forested and crisscrossed by various streams and brooks, many of which empty into the Ipswich River on Boxford’s southern border. A number of ponds dot town as well, among them Stiles Pond, Cedar Pond, Spofford Pond, Lowe Pond, Four Mile Pond and Baldpate Pond. Throughout Boxford, there are also a number of scenic hiking trails.

Small farms are interspersed throughout Boxford. Stonewalls, remnants of old farming land boundaries, meander through the area. One major farm located in Boxford is Small Oxx Farm, a branch of the main farm, Smolak’s, located in North Andover.

The town is always interested in pursuing new business opportunities.

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If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Ross Povenmire,Town of Boxford
rpovenmire@town.boxford.ma.us
978-887-6000 x 181


Danvers, MA

The Town of Danvers is a family-friendly suburb on Boston’s North Shore, located about 17 miles north of Downtown Boston. With a 2015 population of approximately 27,000 Danvers is known for its excellent public school system, as well as Saint John’s Preparatory School, Essex Technical High School, North Shore Community College and St. Mary Annunciation School.

Danvers is a stable, well-run suburb with a strong tax base and a lively town center (Danvers Square), and features two industrial/research and development parks with excellent road access; the Cherry Hill Industrial Park is also directly adjacent to Beverly Municipal Airport, which provides private plane and corporate jet access as well. Danvers enjoys a naturally sheltered harbor with ocean access that is made up of four rivers: Danvers, Waters, Cranes and Porter. The crown jewel of the Town’s impressive park system is Endicott Park, a 165-acre public park that was the former estate of Joseph Peabody. The Town is served by a Town Manager, a fivemember Board of Selectmen, and a Representative Town Meeting.

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Site Name
New England Aquatics
Address
200 Commonwealth Ave,
Danvers, MA 01923
Size
1.04 acres
Zone
Industrial -1
Ownership
Paul J. Lydon (46 Livingstone Avenue, Beverly MA 01915)

Description

This land currently houses a 12,000+ sq. ft. health and swimming facility. This site is located adjacent to the Liberty Tree Mall, Endicott Square Shopping Center and Route 1.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Karen Nelson
knelson@danversma.gov
978-777-0001 x 3095

Site Name
(Former) Hollywood Hits
Address
51 Needham Rd,
Danvers, MA 01923
Size
24.37 Acres
Zone
Commercial III
Ownership
Valenti Samuel A Trustee (11 Wildwood Road, Danvers MA 01923)

Description

23,580 sq. ft. office building on 24 acres of land offering direct access to Route 1, Route I-95 and neighboring commercial areas such as the Liberty Tree Mall, North Shore Mall and Endicott Square Shopping Center.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Karen Nelson
knelson@danversma.gov
978-777-0001 x 3095

Site Name
Econo Lodge / Denny’s
Address
152 Endicott St,
Danvers, MA 01923
Size
4.2 acres
Zone
Commercial III
Ownership
Dilip Realty LLC (152 Endicott Street, Danvers MA 01923)

Description

20,000+ sq. ft. motel building located along the commercial area of Route-114 and Route-1.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Karen Nelson
knelson@danversma.gov
978-777-0001 x 3095


Essex, MA

Essex is a small, coastal community with a proud heritage. The Town is picturesque and the primary industries involve tourism. Essex has one general zone with land use regulations. The Town does not currently have one program to promote or designate any site in an official capacity but has identified three sites for commercial development, listed below:

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Site Name
Fortune Palace Restaurant Site
(purchased and under redevelopment)
Address
99 Main St,
Essex, MA 01929
Size
Approximately 20,000 sq. ft.

Description

This is a former restaurant site. The existing building will be demolished and a new building will be elevated out of flood zone as a brewery with taproom and restaurant. Estimated date of completion is the fall of 2018.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Brendhan Zubricki, Town Administrator
bzubricki@essexma.org
(978) 768-6531

Site Name
Former Allen Property
Address
5 Southern Ave,
Essex, MA 01929
Size
Approximately 1 acre; partially wetlands

Description

This site includes several small lots formerly in residential and commercial use. Commercial waste and contamination on site but full extent unknown. Site was in the care and custody of a court-appointed receiver, is presently owned by an estate, and may transition to Town-owned. Site development not completed and completion date is unknown.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Brendhan Zubricki, Town Administrator
bzubricki@essexma.org
(978) 768-6531

Site Name
Former Fin & Feather Tackle Shop
Address
103 Main St,
Essex, MA 01929
Size
Approx. 1 acre

Description

The site development, which was formerly a tackle shop, has been completed. The owner of the business rented property from the property owner and plans are unclear.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Brendhan Zubricki, Town Administrator
bzubricki@essexma.org
(978) 768-6531


Georgetown, MA

Georgetown is a predominantly residential and family-oriented community with a semi-rural, small town identity, located 35 miles north of Boston. Through careful land use planning, the Town has retained much of the visual character of its rural heritage of fields and woods, balanced by a lively historic downtown and a small sector of clean industry. Georgetown has an involved, civic-minded population and an excellent school system. The Town has been successful in shaping change to protect its livability and natural beauty while accommodating growth and reflecting the community’s essential values.

Georgetown’s residential neighborhoods are primarily single-family homes. The town, with a population of 8,183, experienced a 17% population increase from 2000 to 2010. Median household income has also increased by 100% over the last two decades, reaching an estimated $101,060 in 2010. A Town Economic Development committee has been successful in identifying and attracting new light industry to the industrially zoned lands near I-95, enhancing Georgetown’s tax base.

Through wise stewardship and community commitment, Georgetown is shaping change by careful planning, protection of the Town’s resources and natural environment, effective regulation, and incentives to enhance quality of life and opportunity for everyone who lives in Georgetown.

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Site Name
National Avenue
Address
East Main St,
Georgetown, MA 01833
Size
400,000 to 500.000 sf. Commercial/light industrial mixed use of which 100,000 sq. ft. are developed

Description

This industrial and commercial zoned area is located just north of Route 133 and adjacent to I-95
The 95-acre site is mostly undeveloped, although some underutilized older industrial buildings are located on site. The site has been designated a Chapter 43D Priority Development Site and an Economic Target Area. The Town anticipates that 400,000 to 500,000 sf. of commercial/industrial space could be built, and that if multi-story office or mixed-use were included, the build out could increase significantly. Land-use proposals received in prior years have ranged from a supermarket to various other retail developments.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

John Cashell, Town Planner
jcashell@georgetownma.gov
978-352-5713


Gloucester, MA

Innovation and authenticity. It is rare to find a place that can claim one of these terms let alone both. Yet Gloucester is just such a place. In fact, Gloucester has been innovating since 1623. As America’s oldest seaport, entrepreneurs have been developing new businesses and new methods, on the sea and on land, for centuries. Gloucester is home to the flash freezing process, early marine robotics, and the first real-time Internet Seafood Auction. It is a place of natural beauty with a rich arts and cultural scene. It is a real place with a strong sense of identity—proud of its heritage and excited about its future.

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Site Name
I4-C2
Address
65 Rogers St,
Gloucester, MA 01930
Size
1.82 acres

Description

I4-C2, also known as 65 Rogers Street is a 1.82 waterfront parcel on Gloucester’s inner harbor in the historic heart of the fishing industry and one block away from Main Street and the Civic Center District. The city seeks development that contributes to the ongoing public involvement in creating a downtown harbor destination and enhancing the growth of Gloucester’s unique waterfront industrial economy. Given its highly visible and attractive location on the waterfront, this property has great value in its ability to attract activity.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Salvatore Di Stefano, Economic Development Director, City of Gloucester
sdistefano@gloucester-ma.gov
978-325-5236

Site Name
11-13 Harbor Loop Road
Address
11 Harbor Loop,
Gloucester, MA 01930
Size
32,282 SF

Description

The site is located in downtown Gloucester, direct Gloucester Harbor front formally known as the Empire fish company. It includes 35,000 SF of building on 1-acre deep-water pier, which can accommodate large fishing or commercial vessels. Waterfront Industrial property in Designated Port Area.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Joseph Militello, Agent
978-526-8555

Site Name
11 Dory Road (Formerly Gloucester Engineering)
Address
Gloucester Wind Farm, 11 Dory Rd,
Gloucester, MA 01930
Size
163,000 sq. ft.

Description

Located in Gloucester’s Blackburn Industrial Park, 11 Dory Road is a 163,000 Class C Manufacturing building built in 1970. The property is for sale or lease (minimum 50,000 SF.).


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Greg Klemmer
greg.klemmer@colliers.com
617-330-8000


Groveland, MA

Groveland is a small residential community, which retains all of the characteristics of a friendly rural town in the setting of a convenient suburb. Located in northeastern Massachusetts, 39miles north of Boston, the Town is bordered by West Newbury on the north, Newbury and Georgetown on the east, Boxford on the south, and Haverhill on the west.

The town was incorporated 1850, after spending the 17th and 18th centuries attached first to Rowley and then to Bradford. Groveland changed gradually during the 20th century from a shoe industry and textile manufacturing community, and is now almost wholly residential. Town residents have easy access to 95 and 495 and many of them commute to their jobs in Lynn or Boston. There are now about 6,400 people and about 2,100 homes in town. One long-time local official said, in describing the community, “You never feel like a stranger here.”

If you are interested in learning more about Groveland, please contact:

James Freer
captminutia@aol.com
978-556-7200

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Site Name
Esty Park
Address
441 Main St,
Groveland, MA 01834
Size
18 buildings of various sizes

Description

Esty Park is a Business Park of many small businesses. Mostly contractors who use the location to store their materials and also their private office.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Eric Harper
978-979-5737

Site Name
Groveland Auto
Address
931 Salem St,
Groveland, MA 01834
Size
30,000 sq. ft.

Description

This site currently includes a convenience store, three auto repair bays, two auto paint bays and four gasoline pumps.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Fadi Issa
978- 374-8688

Address
Nelson St, Groveland, MA 01834
Size
10,000 square feet

Description

This site currently includes one building housing six businesses


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Brad Ligols
978-372-8243


Hamilton, MA

Hamilton is a rural-suburban town in the eastern central portion of Essex County in eastern Massachusetts. At the 2010 census, the Town had a population of 7,764. Hamilton’s location on the North Shore, 31 miles north of Boston, provides easy access to the Atlantic seashore with its reservations, beaches and boating. The town includes many historic houses, pastoral landscapes, and old stonewalls that accompany winding tree-lined roads. Hamilton also has a rich equestrian heritage, which remains strong due to the influence of the many horse farms and the Myopia Hunt Club, which holds frequent equestrian events, including polo most Sunday afternoons.

Hamilton is closely tied to neighboring Wenham, and shares a school system, library, recreation department, commuter rail station and newspaper. In 2010, the community of HamiltonWenham was listed among the “Best Places to Live” by Boston Magazine.

Hamilton currently has no manufacturing industry and no industrially zoned land but would be pleased to speak with any business interested in exploring development opportunities.

 

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If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Patrick Reffett, Planning Director
preffett@hamiltonma.gov
978-626-5248


Ipswich, MA

Ipswich is a coastal town located in Essex County, located 35 miles north of Boston. As of the 2010 census, the town’s population was 13,175. Ipswich is home to Willowdale State Forest and Sandy Point State Reservation, and includes the southern part of Plum Island. Ipswich is a residential community with a vibrant tourism industry. The town is famous for many things including its clams, which are celebrated annually at the Ipswich Chowder fest, as well as for Crane Beach, a barrier beach near the Crane estate. Ipswich was incorporated as a town in 1634.

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Site Name
Ipswich Junction
Address
114 County Rd,
Ipswich, MA 01938
Size
50,000 sq. ft.

Description

This site is currently home to a 15,000 sq. ft. brewery, a 15,000 sq. ft. Office building and a 20,000 sq. ft. Aubuchon Hardware Building


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Ethan Parsons, Senior Planner
ethanp@ipswich-ma.gov
978-356-6607, ext. 2

Site Name
Old Planters of Cape Ann
Address
59 Turnpike Rd,
Ipswich, MA 01938
Size
Two buildings, 20,000 sq. ft. each

Description

The first building is a registered Marijuana Dispensary and the second building is
open for development.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Ethan Parsons, Senior Planner
ethanp@ipswich-ma.gov
978-356-6607, ext. 2

Site Name
62 Central Street
Address
62 Central St,
Ipswich, MA 01938
Size
7,000 sq. ft.

Description

This site consists of 1 building with 2500 sq. ft. of commercial space plus 4
apartments.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Ethan Parsons, Senior Planner
ethanp@ipswich-ma.gov
978-356-6607, ext. 2


Lynn, MA

Colonists settled the City of Lynn in 1629. Early settlers relied primarily on family farming and shell fishing, although an iron works was established in the city in 1643. Leather tanning became a major industry very early on and by 1775, there were a string of tanneries along Black Marsh Brook, to the harbor. When the MBTA was extended from Boston to Salem in 1837, it went through Lynn, encouraging growth in the shoe industry and a factory district was created as well as shoe workers’ neighborhoods of boardinghouses.

The Civil War brought great prosperity to the city and further growth of the shoe factories. Even the fires of 1869 and 1889, which destroyed much of the central business district from Central Square to Broad Street, did not stop expansion. By the middle of the 19th century, the city became a fashionable Boston resort area. At least a dozen large shore estates were built and other land was subdivided for increasingly suburban residential development. When Lynn Shore Drive was opened in 1910, it encouraged the development of high rises to take advantage of the shore view.

Lynn, now the largest city in Essex County, is an urban manufacturing and commercial center, densely populated and culturally diverse. Residents are proud of the city’s long history, which parallels the history of New England as a whole.

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Site Name
General Electric Gear Plant
Address
Lynnway,
Lynn, MA, USA
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
Address
830 Lynnway,
Lynn, MA 01905
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
Address
810 Lynnway,
Lynn, MA 01905
Size
8.5 acres
Ownership
South Harbor Assoc, LLC

Description

With 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


Lynnfield, MA

Lynnfield is a friendly community, well known for its civic, cultural and charitable spirit. Town government and community groups rely on the town’s spirit of volunteerism. The town is primarily a residential community, with business districts located along the highways.

At the 2010 census, the town population was 11,596. Two major highways traverse the town and provide easy access to the region’s employment centers, as well as cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. Housing is primarily single-family homes, with some townhouse and apartment units. The town center is a traditional New England green, with the 1714 Meeting House the visual centerpiece of the town common.

According to the US Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 10.5 square miles, of which 9.9 square miles (25.6 km2) is land and 0.58 square miles (1.5 km2), or 5.58%, is water. The Ipswich River forms the northern border of the town, and several brooks cross through town. Several lakes and ponds dot the town, including Suntaug Lake, Reedy Meadow and Pillings Pond. A portion of the Lynn Woods Reservation is located in the southeast corner of town, and in the northwest part of town lies part of Camp Curtis Guild, a Massachusetts National Guard base that also contains lands in the neighboring towns.

While Lynnfield has not identified any current commercial development sites, interested parties are encouraged to contact:

Robert Dolan, Town Administrator

781-334-9410


Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

Manchester by-the-Sea is a residential community wrapped around one of New England’s most picturesque harbors. Located 32 miles North of Boston, with a population of 5,136, visitors are attracted to Manchester’s beautiful beaches, quaint shops, fine dining, and historic buildings. Leisurely stroll Manchester by-the-Sea’s streets and enjoy its small-town, New England charm. Manchester-by-the-Sea has a downtown with elements that rival bigger town centers, including a train station, hardware store, supermarket and pharmacy. While the downtown has no major development sites currently available, the Town would be pleased to work with village scaled and innovative businesses interested in exploring development opportunities.

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If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Susan Brown, Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea
browns@manchester.ma.us
978-525-6436


Marblehead, MA

Marblehead is a coastal community of 19,808 residents, located 18 miles north of Boston. Marblehead is famous for its unsurpassed contributions to the American Revolution and Civil War. Today, its quaint narrow streets and historic 17th and 18th century buildings mirror Marblehead, as it has existed since its founding in 1629.

Marblehead is a largely residential community with many small commercial properties in the two business areas and the one industrial park.

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Rebecca Curran Cutting, Town Planner
rebeccac@marblehead.org
781-631-1529


Middleton, MA

Middleton was first settled in 1659 and was officially incorporated in 1728. Prior to that, it was considered a part of Salem, and contains territory previously within the limits of Andover, Boxford, and Topsfield. The name Middleton is derived from its location “mid-way” between the important early settlements of Salem and Andover. Middleton lies in the low hills of northeastern Massachusetts. The Ipswich River flows through town, flowing from the North Reading/Lynnfield 14 line along the Peabody and Danvers borders before turning northward into town, exiting along the border between Boxford and Topsfield.

Middleton is one of the fastest growing towns in the Commonwealth and the North Shore. Middleton is just west of Interstate 95, with two very short parts of the highway passing through corners of the town before and after passing through Topsfield.

Middleton is primarily a residential community and is currently not pursuing major commercial development, but interested parties are encouraged to contact.

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If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Katrina O’Leary, AICP
Middleton Town Planner
katrina.oleary@middletonma.gov
(978)777-8917


Nahant, MA

Nahant, located in Eastern Massachusetts, is a peninsula that juts south of Lynn and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on three sides. Used in early colonial days as a grazing area for cattle, sheep and goats, Nahant became a maritime community in the 1700s with a small population devoted to fishing and, by the 1800’s became a resort mecca.

Incorporated in 1853, the town was the site of the most massive hotel complex on the Atlantic Coast and the location of an annual regatta. By the end of the 19th century, there was a visible shift away from hotels and toward residences. An era of skyrocketing growth began about 1870 and continued unabated for the next four decades with construction firms putting up hundreds of summer homes for visitors to the town. In the modern era, Nahant has protected its residential status and farming and industrial activity have disappeared.

Nahant is primarily a residential community and currently is not engaged in commercial development activity. However, the Town is always interested in speaking to businesses interested in locating there.

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If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Mary Ellen Schuman, Nahant Town Hall
mschumann@nahant.org
781-581-0088
or
Jeff Chelgren
jchelgren@nahant.org


Newbury, MA

Newbury, located in Essex County, 40 miles north of Boston had a population of 6,666 according to the 2010 census. Newbury includes the villages of Old Town (Newbury Center), Plum Island and Byfield. Each village is a precinct with its own voting district, various town offices, and business center. While the town currently has no development sites, interested parties are encouraged to contact:

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If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Martha Taylor
planningboard@townofnewburyport.com
978-465-4400


Newburyport, MA

Newburyport is a small coastal, scenic, and historic city in Essex County, located 35 miles northeast of Boston. The population was 17,416 at the 2010 census. The town is home to an historic seaport with a vibrant tourism industry. The quaint downtown shopping center includes businesses that appeal to all ages. Local businesses and restaurants surround Market Square and along State Street. During festivals throughout the year, visitors are invited to enjoy concerts, food, and entertainment. An old mill building on Liberty Street is home to other small businesses and a local farmers’ market during both the summer and winter seasons. The historic area has a charming feel and upbeat atmosphere.

The mooring, winter storage and maintenance of recreational boats, motor and sail, still contribute a large part of the city’s income. A Guard station oversees boating activity, especially in the swift tidal currents of the Merrimack River.

Newburyport is also home to an industrial park that provides a wide range of jobs.

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Site Name
Waterfront West

Description

This sites includes several properties, each of which is owned by New England Development, 75 Park Plaza, Boston, MA. There may be future development in this area however, the City has not yet been approached on this.

 


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Greg Jones
GJONES@cityofnewburyport.com
(978) 465-4400

Site Name
Route 1/Auburn/Railroad Street

Description

There are several properties located here which hold future development potential. However, the City of Newburyport has not been approached regarding future development.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Greg Jones
GJONES@cityofnewburyport.com
(978) 465-4400

Site Name
Port Plaza
Address
45 Storey Ave,
Newburyport, MA 01950

Description

This site currently contains Shaws Supermarket, Kmart, GNC, Port Beer & Wine, Port Plaza Cleaners and more. There may be future development potential in this area however the City has not been approached regarding any future development


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Greg Jones
GJONES@cityofnewburyport.com
(978) 465-4400


Peabody, MA

With its premium location at the nexus of Route 128, Interstate 95 and U.S. Route 1, Peabody provides easy access for employers and employees. Peabody is home to Centennial Park – one of the North Shore’s premier business parks and global headquarters of world-class organizations such as Analogic, Weston & Sampson and Boston Children’s at Peabody. Peabody’s Northshore Mall offers its guests an upscale shopping atmosphere with a wide variety of over 120 specialty stores. The Mall’s newest addition, the “Promenade at Northshore Mall” boasts several new restaurants, including Bancroft & Co., Tony C’s Sports Bar & Grill and the newly refashioned Legal Sea Foods. The Promenade will also feature an outdoor entertainment and recreation plaza and a host of amenities designed with today’s shoppers in mind. The bustling and historic downtown has undergone a series of revitalization efforts in recent years. Main Street has a growing commercial sector of its own, with small businesses specializing in information technology, banking and insurance, the arts, food service, sports, fitness and medicine, and more. The City’s partnership with Peabody Main Streets – powered by community volunteers, business leaders, city officials, and creative entrepreneurs – is vital to Peabody’s standing as the North Shore’s economic hub.

Peabody offers a wide variety of recreational activities available to all residents. Brooksby Farm is a city-owned apple orchard that provides year-found family enjoyment and a scenic backdrop for autumn apple picking, winter cross-country skiing, and summer berry picking. The Peabody Independence Greenway and South Peabody Trail Network provide over 5 miles of open space for walking, jogging, biking, and other outdoor activities. Peabody features 20 parks and playgrounds, three branch libraries, and a senior center considered the envy of the region.

Peabody pride is on display each year at the International Festival, which celebrates its rich ethnic diversity. Other programs available to residents throughout the year include the Summer 17 Concert Series, Farmer’s Market, Small Business Saturday, Downtown Stroll and Annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Concert.

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Address
58 Foster St,
Peabody, MA 01960
Size
0.32 acres

Description

The property was last used as a towing service nearly 20 years ago. The property has remained unused for decades and currently contains two dilapidated structures that should be razed and then redeveloped.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Debbie MacGregor
debbie.macgregor@peabody-ma.gov
978-538-5775

Address
160 Main St,
Peabody, MA 01960
Size
0.56 acres

Description

The current site is vacant. The project was approved two years ago, for a 3-story structure with commercial base and two floors of residential units. Site work, which has included removal of hazardous materials, is complete. The estimated date of completion is fall, 2019.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Debbie MacGregor
debbie.macgregor@peabody-ma.gov
978-538-5775

Site Name
34 Railroad Ave
Address
34 Railroad Ave,
Peabody, MA 01960
Size
25,550 SF or 0.59 acres

Description

The existing 1-story brick building abuts the Leather City Common. Parking is available at this location, both on-site and off-site. The property owner has received approval to construct a 3story building with commercial on the first floor and residential on second and third floors.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Debbie MacGregor
debbie.macgregor@peabody-ma.gov
978-538-5775


Revere, MA

Revere is a city in Suffolk County, located approximately 5 miles from downtown Boston. Founded as North Chelsea in 1846, the City was renamed in 1871 after the American Revolutionary War patriot Paul Revere. It was incorporated as a City in 1915. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city has a population of 51,755 inhabitants. Revere borders Winthrop, East Boston and Chelsea to the South, Everett and Malden to the West, Saugus and Lynn to the 18 north and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. It comprises 10.0 square miles, of which 4.1 miles are open water and wetlands. Of the 5.9 miles of developed land, 70% is used for housing.

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Site Name
Suffolk Downs
Address
Lee Burbank Hwy,
Revere, MA 02151
Size
151 acres of which 52 are in Revere

Description

This is the now nearly vacant former Suffolk Downs Race Track purchased in
May of 2017 by HYM Investment Group and now being planned and permitted for mixed-use development, possibly as the Amazon HQ2 site, for which it is one of 20 finalists nationally.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Robert O’Brien
Director of Economic Development
robrien@revere.org
617-461-6730

Site Name
Wonderland
Address
MA-1A, N Shore Rd,
Lynn, MA 01905
Size
34 acres

Description

This is the now vacant site of the former Wonderland Dog Track, which is now
available for sale by the current owner. There has been development interest in this site locally and nationally; and one prospective developer is in due diligence. Thus far, definitive and binding agreements have not been finalized. This site is completely within the City of Revere.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Robert O’Brien
Director of Economic Development
robrien@revere.org
617-461-6730

Site Name
Caddy Farms
Address
Route 1, Revere, MA
Size
49-acres, of which 28 acres are in Revere.

Description

This site includes the former Weylu’s Restaurant site in Saugus and is wholly
owned by Republic Properties of Malden, which is working with the Cities of Revere and Malden on a zoning and development plan that is expected to be approved in 2018.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Robert O’Brien
Director of Economic Development
robrien@revere.org
617-461-6730


Rockport, MA

Rockport is located approximately 40 miles northeast of Boston at the tip of the Cape Ann peninsula. It is directly east of Gloucester and is surrounded, on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean. In 2010, the population was 6,952. Today Rockport is primarily a suburban residential and tourist town, but it is still home to a number of lobster fishermen and artists. Its rocky beaches and seaside parks are a favorite place for tourists from the Greater Boston Area and Rhode Island among other places.

The entire downtown area, with its large number of restaurants and small eateries, shops, galleries and other offerings, is an attraction in and of itself, and bustles with activity just about all year. There are also boat tours that leave from the wharves here on whale watch and other excursions, and there is a very nice, sandy beach, Front Beach, which is in the village as well

 

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If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Kirk Baker, Town Planner
kbaker@rockportma.gov
978-546-5008


Rowley, MA

Rowley, located in Essex County, Massachusetts, is about 28 miles northeast of Boston. In 2010, the town had a population of 5,856. Rowley is bordered to the north by Newbury, to the northwest by Georgetown, to the west by Boxford, and to the south by Ipswich. Many colonial homes line Rowley’s streets, mixed in with a variety of architectural styles from all throughout American history. The town common (historically called the training place), is surrounded by many simple yet graceful old homes.

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If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Kirk Baker, Town Planner
kirk.baker@townofrowley.org
978-948-5549


Salem, MA

Salem is a unique community in a diverse region known for its rich maritime history, the birthplace of the National Guard and the infamous Witchcraft Trials of 1692. It is also a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly City where its residents, and over a million tourists annually, can easily visit historic architecture, unique attractions, world-famous museums and an eclectic mix of shops and dining options. With easy access to public transportation – including our own ferry – Salem is a great city to live, work and play. Many consider Salem the jewel of Massachusetts’ vibrant North Shore, and businesses here benefit from its rich mix of history, culture and natural serenity.

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Site Name
Footprint Power
Address
24 Fort Avenue,
Salem, MA
Size
40 acres

Description

This is a 40-acre site is due to the smaller footprint of the new natural gas generating facility. This new facility is on 23 acres and replaced a coal-and-oil fired facility on 65 acres. The result is about 40 acres of available waterfront land. The parcel is located in a Massachusetts Designated Port Area (DPA), and in an industrial zoning district. It is adjacent to the Salem Ferry.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Matt Coogan
mcoogan@salem.com
978-619-5685

Site Name
Hutchinson
Address
120 Swampscott Road, 7.8 acres, Salem, MA 01970 & 15 Robinson Road, 9.7 acres, Salem, MA 01970
Size
17.5 acres

Description

This site includes 17.5 acres of land available for development. Half of the
acreage is zoned industrial and half zoned as a Business Park Development.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Matt Coogan
mcoogan@salem.com
978-619-5685

Site Name
City owned lot at T Station
Address
252 Bridge Street,
Salem, MA 01970
Size
.84 acres

Description

This is a City-owned parcel, adjacent to the Salem commuter rail station, which
is currently being used as a 90 space surface parking lot. The City is working on a pre-development study, which shows the parcel could support 96 housing units and 93 parking spaces in a two-level garage. Completion is set for 2018.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Matt Coogan
mcoogan@salem.com
978-619-5685


Salisbury, MA

Salisbury is a small coastal beach town and summer tourist destination in Essex County. The community is a popular summer resort beach town and is home to the new Salisbury Beach Boardwalk, souvenir shops, restaurants, cafes, arcades and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. The population was 8,283 at the 2010 census.[1] Parts of town comprise the census designated place of Salisbury.

Modern Salisbury is highly diverse geographically, encompassing square fifteen miles of farms, beach, marshlands and both residential and commercial space. As of the year 2000, nearly 9,200 acres make up the town’s open space, of which nearly 40% is forested, and more than a third is 21 wetland and estuary. Ten percent is in open and agricultural land, and four percent is recreational.

The Town includes four distinctly different areas: Salisbury Beach, a barrier beach with miles of beautiful sandy Atlantic Ocean beaches and salt marshes surrounding dense residential and commercial beachfront development; Salisbury Plains, featuring farms and suburban homes set in fields and rolling woodlands; Salisbury Square, a colonial village center with churches, municipal buildings and village residences; and Ring’s Island, once a colonial fishing village facing Newburyport on the Merrimack River and now supporting a neighborhood of restored antique Homes and riverfront marine businesses.

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Lisa Pearson, Planning Director
lpearson@salisburyma.gov
978-463-2266


Saugus, MA

Saugus, originally settled in the 1630’s was incorporated in 1815. The town is strategically positioned within the metropolitan Boston area and centrally located among a group of communities mid-way between Boston and the Salem/Beverly area, less than 10 miles from Boston. In short, Saugus has location, location, location.

The Town is a desirable community to live in, do business in, and visit due to its convenient access to Boston and points north, its small town feel, and its healthy mixture of businesses, residences, and the natural environment.

Saugus has a wide array of natural resources from costal resources to inland habitat. Open spaces such as the Breakheart Reservation and Town owned land are well maintained and accessible. Saugus’s natural amenities, including the Saugus River, provide recreational opportunities for adults and children. The Town has a well-maintained, safe, comfortable and diverse housing stock that reflects its small Town character, while maintaining housing opportunities for diverse populations. Neighborhoods continue to retain their distinct identities and historic features of older houses have been preserved.

New business friendly zoning is providing opportunities for new economic development which will provide services to residents, provide jobs, generate tax dollars, and entice additional investment in Saugus. Future economic development will supplement the Town’s healthy retail structure.

2018 Available Commercial Development Sites

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Site Name
Avalon Saugus
Address
855 Broadway,
Saugus, MA 01906
Size
608,748 square feet of residential/commercial/conservation

Description

This site includes 23,630 sq. ft. or retail space including a restaurant and drive-thru coffee shop along with a 280 unit residential development in 3 buildings, with a mix of studio/1-bed/2-bed units with a club house and pool


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Krista Leahy of Saugus
kleahy@saugus-ma.gov
781.231.4044
Or
Michela DeSantis, AvalonBay Communities
617.654.9509)

Site Name
Sears Auto Center
Address
1325 Broadway, Saugus, MA 01906
Size
693,214 square feet (this includes the company’s holdings of the Sears retail store located in the Square One Mall)

Description

This site, which currently houses the Sears Auto Center, has the potential to be developed into a commercial retail center with 3-5 restaurants and/or shops.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Matthew McDonnell
212.355.7800

Site Name
Essex Landing
Address
Collins Ave & US-1,
Saugus, MA 01906
Size
247,400 Square feet (this does not include residential only buildings)

Description

This site includes a large mixed-use redevelopment site that sits on 10.2 acres of land. It includes a 47,000 sq.ft. mixed-use building, 3,400 sq. ft. Restaurant space, a full service hotel and one extended stay hotel.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

BMA Architectural Group
603.673.1991


Swampscott, MA

Swampscott is a beautiful and tranquil seaside community; located 15 miles north of Boston, with amazing assets including its waterfront, open space, recreation areas, shopping districts, and regional connections. With a population of 13,787 in 2010, Swampscott is primarily a family community with relatively high incomes. The town has a wide range of housing stock options and growth as well as strong buying power. Commercial activity is focused in the historic 23 waterfront area along Humphrey Street, around the MBTA railroad station, and the large shopping district of Vinnin Square, which is shared with the neighboring community, Salem. While Swampscott is primarily built out and developed, there is much opportunity in the redevelopment of existing properties. The town’s new Humphrey Street Overlay District is meant to promote development and define a sense of place in the historic downtown of Swampscott that enhances and encourages a mix of uses, protects historic and cultural resources, and fosters a harmonious connection between the district and the natural environment of the waterside

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Site Name
Vinnan Square Shopping District
Address
300 Paradise Rd,
Swampscott, MA 01907

Description

The district is our large-scale shopping district with two primary shopping mall structures opposite one another (served by SR Route 1A) and a number of smaller, individual retail and office buildings. Anchors include Super Stop & Shop and Whole Foods.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Pete Kane
pkane@town.swampscott.ma.us
781-596-8829 x 3

Site Name
Historic Downtown Humphrey Street
Address
140 Humphrey St,
Marblehead, MA 01945

Description

This stretch of road is in the traditional downtown area and includes direct access to two large public beaches, town pier, bike lanes, significant on street parking, and wide mix of tenants. Area also includes a special overlay-zoning district to encourage mixed-use development.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Pete Kane
pkane@town.swampscott.ma.us
781-596-8829 x 3

Site Name
Swampscott Train Station Neighborhood
Address
Includes neighborhood of Pine Street, Railroad Avenue, Burrill and Columbia Streets, Swampscott, MA

Description

Smaller commercial district centered around the MBTA commuter train station that is appropriate for redevelopment for mixed-use, transit-oriented development (Town is considering a 40R zoning designation for the area).


If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Pete Kane
pkane@town.swampscott.ma.us
781-596-8829 x 3


Topsfield, MA

The Town of Topsfield, Massachusetts was incorporated in 1650 and is located in Essex County. Topsfield is bordered by the Ipswich on the north, Hamilton and Wenham on the east, Middleton and Danvers to the south and Boxford on the west. Topsfield It is located about 25 miles north of Boston and is within one mile of Interstate Route 95 and US Route 1. The Town has a population of approximately 6,500 residents.

The town is a fairly compact with 13 square miles with rolling hills and winding streams, 60 miles of roadways and 25 miles of sidewalks and bike paths. In addition to the local village shopping center, there are various small businesses located principally along Route 1; however, the Town remains primarily a residential community that retains a rural character with a typical New England Town Common.

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Kellie Hebert, Town Administrator
khebert@topsfield-ma.gov
978-887-1500


Wenham, MA

The Town of Wenham was originally settled in 1636 and incorporated in 1643. Fortunately, Wenham has retained much of its unique historic character and tranquil rural scenery. It is a town of many open views of farmlands, lakes, woodlands and old stonewalls that accompany its winding tree-lined roads.

To complement its handsome backdrop, the community is singularly fortunate to have been blessed with an active, involved citizenry, whose major goal has always been to protect what is precious from the past while continuing to plan ahead for future generations. Wenham is justly proud of its historic past; its present responsible and responsive local government; a wealth of dedicated and able volunteers; its nearly 300 acres of parks, playgrounds and recreational lands; and its excellent regional school system. Wenham is home to Gordon College. The Wenham Village Improvement Society provides a “Free Lunch for Voters” at its traditional Saturday town meeting. A walk along Wenham’s lovely main street provides a timeless picture of beautiful old homes, gardens and yards, punctuated by friendly faces, residents say, giving one a general sense of connection to all that is right about New England small town life.

Wenham has a very small business district, made up of a few buildings that have longer-term tenants. One person owns most of the property in the “downtown”.

The town also has a potential commercial development site along Rte. 128. It is zoned residential but there have been discussions to create a possible overlay zoning to allow more of a commercial project.

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If you are interested in learning more, please contact

Margaret R. Hoffman, AICP
Planning Coordinator
MHoffman@wenhamma.gov Town of Wenham
Phone -978-468-5520 Ex. 8


West Newbury, MA

West Newbury, located on the Merrimack River, had a population of 4,235 at the 2010 census. The town is located approximately 34 miles north of Boston and is bordered by Merrimac and Amesbury to the north, Newburyport to the east, Newbury to the southeast, Groveland to the southwest, and Haverhill to the west.

Over the last forty or so years, West Newbury has evolved from a rural farming town into an affluent community.

The town’s oldest continually operating farm is Long Hill Orchard. The farm has been active since 1896, and has a long and intriguing history. Today, in addition to the apple orchard, the farm is home to a popular community-supported agriculture program and farm to table dining events. There are many farms in West Newbury, including Brown Spring Farm and Long Hill Orchard, both located on Main Street. A number of other farms exist in West Newbury, including Maple Crest Farm, several Christmas tree farms, and numerous horse stables and equestrian facilities. Efforts to maintain West Newbury’s rural charm have been ongoing; the Town has purchased large swaths of land designated as Open Space by the West Newbury Open Space Committee.

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Leah Zambernardi, Planning Administrator
lzambernardi@wnewbury.org
978-363-1100, Ext. 125


Winthrop, MA

The town of Winthrop is a wonderful seaside community located within easy commuting distance of downtown Boston, featuring beautiful beaches, conservation areas, a nine hole golf course and boating facilities. The town has a small commercial retail sector with room to grow and the majority of businesses in the community are independently owned, employing 5 to 20 people. The town undertook an Economic Development Strategic Plan in 2014 and re-wrote its Center Business District zoning to encourage the development of new mixed use development. The focus is to bring new retail and commercial interests to the community, while also developing newer, more urban style housing for young professionals. The town is seeking to attract new development to its Center and Waterfront and to develop a visitor and tourism based economy that takes advantage of our natural resources and attractions.

The Town of Winthrop has recently completed a master planning process for the Centre Business District and amended zoning to help streamline permitting in the Centre Business District.

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Assistant Town Manager Joseph Domelowicz Jr.
jdomelowicz@town.winthrop.ma.us
617-846-1852 ext. 1013