The university and the city of Lowell signed a historic master agreement that affirms cooperation on efforts from infrastructure improvements to snow removal and economic development.
Chancellor Jacquie Moloney and Lowell City Manager Kevin Murphy signed the agreement at a ceremony at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center attended by U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, who helped secure grant funding for a major bridge repair project in Lowell, state Sen. Eileen Donoghue, state Rep. David Nangle, Lowell Mayor Edward Kennedy and city and university officials.
Initiated by UMass Lowell, the master agreement formalizes the many contributions that the university routinely provides to the city and its residents as well as support for specific projects, including a 20-year commitment to contribute to the repairs to several city bridges. The university’s $3 million pledge to the project will go toward matching funds for a $13.4 million federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant, secured with Markey’s assistance. UMass Lowell is also committing $1.6 million to repairs to a city-owned parking garage shared by the university.
Moloney noted the spirit of cooperation that led to the agreement.
“We always find the common ground, the right path forward, to find these mutually beneficial partnerships,” she said.
UMass Lowell delivers more than $921 million in positive economic impact to the region and supports more than 7,000 on- and off-campus jobs, according to a Donahue Institute report.
The parties also signed the lease agreement between the city and university for LeLacheur Park, home to UMass Lowell’s baseball team as well as the Lowell Spinners, the Single-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. UMass Lowell, which donated land for the park’s construction, has committed $85,000 to fund upgrades necessary for the university’s Division I baseball program and the Spinners.