By Hiroko Sato, Lowell Sun
LOWELL -- Elkin Montoya considers the Acre as the city's melting pot.
Since the days when Lowell thrived as a mill city, countless immigrants first called the Acre their home before putting down their roots in more established and ethnic neighborhoods, said Montoya, a Colombia native who serves as the board chairman for the Coalition for a Better Acre.
That's why the Acre is a fitting location for the University of Massachusetts Lowell, which acquired the former St. Joseph's Hospital campus on Pawtucket Street for $6.3 million, said CBA Executive Director Emily Rosenbaum. Just as immigrants moved here from everywhere, students with all backgrounds will come to learn and make their lives better.
"This represents the Acre for all of us," Rosenbaum said of the diversity.
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