Thursday, November 12, 2015

$4.7M Lowell's Hamilton Canal Project

Baker Brings $4.7M more for Lowell's Hamilton Canal Project
By Grant Welker

LOWELL -- The Hamilton Canal District development seems to make advances nearly daily recently, and none may have been bigger than those on Wednesday.

The state has approved a $4.7 million grant to extend Broadway Street and utility lines into the northern half of the development, Gov. Charlie Baker announced in a press conference held in a gravel expanse in the middle of the project. Baker also signaled the state will move ahead on a new courthouse complex at the southern edge of the site, which is expected to cost $200 million.

Funds to build the courthouse had already been included in the governor's capital plan, and on Wednesday, Baker said construction of the long-anticipated courthouse could start in a year.

"We're thrilled by this partnership and excited to see it move forward," Baker said of the Hamilton Canal District.

Wednesday's announcement only adds to what has been a series of positive developments for the project. Until recently, the development had shown little progress compared to what was envisioned in a 2008 master plan as an $800 million mixed-use neighborhood.

 Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito addresses the crowd at Gov. Charlie Baker’s grant announcement for the Hamilton Canal District project on Wednesday afternoon
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito addresses the crowd
at Gov. Charlie Baker's grant announcement
for the Hamilton Canal District project on
Wednesday afternoon in Lowell. Looking on
at rear are state Rep. Tom Golden, left,
and state Sen. Eileen Donoghue

Last month, two companies, Watermark and Genesis HealthCare, placed bids to build on parcels in the district. Two other developers, WinnCompanies and Anchor Line Partners, have bid to build on the rest of the property. Construction of the $35 million to $40 million Genesis building could start within a year.

A key agreement was also reached between the city and the Lowell Regional Transit Authority.  The aurthority will allow visitors buses to park next to the Gallagher Terminal, helping to allow for parking lots along Dutton Street to be developed as mixed-use space for the Hamilton Canal District.

Craig Thomas, the city's urban-renewal project manager, credited the infrastructure funding with being critical to the northern half of the project, which doesn't have utilities or easy road access.

"Not to overstate it, but it's extraordinary," he said of the effect the investment will have.

Baker visited Lowell District Court in July 2014 while campaigning for governor, and said then that he was committed to funding the new courthouse complex if elected. He said $12 million has already been spent on planning and design, site acquisition and utilities.

The most recent cost for the courthouse is $200 million. The latest plans for the building call for 246,000 square feet on seven floors and include 16 courtrooms and 41 holding cells.

The courthouse complex would replace the cramped and rundown District Court on Hurd Street and Superior Court on Gorham Street, and also hold probate, juvenile and housing courts.

More immediately, the state MassWorks grant will bring vehicular access and utilities into the portion of the development off Dutton Street. It will also pay for some roadways on the property and a temporary surface parking lot.

Officials said the infrastructure work will help kick-start construction. In addition to the Genesis building, Watermark, an engineering company, has said it will spend about $7.5 million and the city plans to spend about $30 million on a parking garage off Dutton Street.

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City Water Department Honors Golden Patriarch

Thursday, 10/29/2015

State Rep. Thomas Golden, far left, and his sister, Karen Golden, second from left, joined their other sister, Eileen Trott, far right, and various other family members and city officials at the city’s water-treatment plant Saturday for the dedication of a building in honor of their father, the late Thomas Golden Sr., who worked at the water plant for nearly four decades. At right is the plaque that adorns the water-intake station.

City Water Department honors Golden patriarch
Staff Report

LOWELL — The Golden clan was joined by a host of city officials, including a smattering of city councilors running for re-election, Saturday to dedicate the renovated water-intake station to the late Thomas Golden Sr., who worked at the Water Department for 36 years and was in charge of the distribution division.

“Tom was what every municipal employee should strive to be,” said Erik Gitschier, executive director of the Lowell Regional Water Utility. “He excelled at his position. He was a leader who cared about the citizens of the city and his fellow employees. Tom had integrity above all else and made sure every person who worked for him followed his lead.”

Golden died in 2005. The family was represented at the ceremony by his widow, Eileen (Rourke) Golden and their three children, state Rep. Thomas Golden; Karen Golden, who is employed as a city assessor; and Eileen Trott, who works in the UMass Lowell comptroller’s office.

The dedication of the intake station, at 1002 Pawtucket Blvd., resulted from several current and former Water Department employees who approached the former executive director, Ned Tarmey, who in turn asked Golden’s distant cousin, City Councilor Dan Rourke, to file a motion.

“It was a very nice ceremony,” Karen Golden said. “My father was a very humble man. I probably would have said he didn’t want all that.”

“He wouldn’t have allowed it,” Rep. Golden said. “He would have pushed back.”

More than 100 people attended, leaving the Golden family touched and thankful.

“Seeing all those people, all the guys he used to work with — well, I was touched,” Rep. Golden said.

Rep. Golden said his father loved the city but particularly liked working on water pipes, even when pipes burst in the middle of the night in the dead of winter leaving the men “freezing their bippies off, whatever a bippie was.”

During the event, a plaque on the building was unveiled, as was a flagpole with a granite stone. The plaque read, in part: “A visionary leader who set the examples we were always proud to follow.”

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Monday, November 2, 2015

AT&T Experts Provide Free Tech Training

For more information, contact:
Meaghan Wims
Duffy & Shanley for AT&T New England

state repRESENTATIVE thomas A. golden, JR.
AT&T experts provide free tech training
at lowell senior center

LOWELL, Mass. Oct. 19, 2015 — AT&T* was joined Monday afternoon by Massachusetts State Rep. Thomas A. Golden, Jr. (D – Lowell) at the Lowell Senior Center, where AT&T tech experts provided free training sessions to local seniors. 

Whether they needed help personalizing their devices or they wanted to set up video-chatting software to stay in touch with their families, local residents had the opportunity to sit down one-on-one with AT&T representatives and learn more about their technology.  

“Technology is forever changing.  The challenge for all of us today is to keep up with technology.  I want to thank AT&T for bringing their Digital You campaign to Lowell and providing hands-on tech support.  One is never too young or old to learn and stay connected, whether it is with family, friends or business,” said State Representative Thomas A. Golden, Jr.

“Mobile technology has become a huge part of all of our lives, but it can be difficult to stay up to date on the latest trends, devices and features,” Patricia Jacobs, president, AT&T New England said. “That is why we are so proud to offer free events like these training sessions at the Lowell Senior Center. We applaud Rep. Golden for joining us in our commitment to helping people of all ages learn how to use technology productively, efficiently and safely.”

Monday’s training session was part of AT&T’s Digital You campaign. Launched earlier this year, Digital You consists of a series of initiatives that focus on making the most of today’s technology.

In addition to senior tech training efforts, the Digital You campaign also focuses on Internet safety, the dangers of cyber bullying, the increased threat of cyber security breaches, and many other digital issues that affect our everyday work and personal lives.

You can learn more about AT&T’s Digital You program at:

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