Economic Development

The Town of Littleton is committed to encouraging economic development which is consistent with community character.

Tax Increment Financing - Patriot Beverage, LLC.  November 16, 2016 Special Town Meeting voters approved a Tax Increment Financing (TIF)  agreement with Patriot Beverage, LLC, for the former Veryfine / Sunny Delight bottling facility at 20 Harvard Road.  Patriot is a subsidiary of CPF, Inc., which bottles Pepsi products at a plant in Ayer. CPF is purchasing the vacant former bottling plant in Littleton in order to expand its business into new product lines and container sizes. CPF’s expansion will create 50 new jobs and generate a private investment of $23 million. The Town of Littleton's TIF is valued at $113,786. The Massachusetts Economic Assistance Coordinating Council approved $625,000 in state investment tax credits for this project.

Economic Development Self-Assessment Tool (EDSAT). In the Town of Littleton’s Community Compact with the Baker/Polito Administration, the Commonwealth is providing grant funding to cover the cost of Littleton’s participation in EDSAT, the Economic Development Self-Assessment Tool developed by Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy. This addresses the Board of Selectmen’s FY 2016 goal for an economic development marketing plan. A presentation on Littleton's EDSAT report was made by Professor Barry Bluestone on May 16, 2016.  Read more.

Littleton Business Association (LBA). On March 8, 2016, Town Administrator Keith Bergman updated the Littleton Business Association on how the Town's Community Compact with the Commonwealth promotes economic development. See presentation.

TIF - Potpourri Group.  November 12, 2014 Special Town Meeting voters approved [141-7] a tax increment financing agreement for Potpourri Group-- an e-commerce catalog company-- relocating to Littleton in a new 450,000 square-foot building constructed 3 Distribution Center Circle. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 5, 2015, and the ribbon-cutting on June 17, 2016.  

Economic Development Update 2014.  Read update on economic development in Littleton, MA.

Economic Development Committee reestablished. In 2013, the Board of Selectmen reestablished an Economic Development Committee, whose mission is “to proactively focus the Town of Littleton on avenues for business growth, increasing and diversifying the tax base through economic development consistent with community character.” The EDC is conducting an online community survey “to understand Littleton residents' views on development in Littleton in order to align recommendations with the priorities of the residents.”

Groundbreaking for MassWorks, Sam Park & Co.'s The Point. Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki joined U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, state and local officials and developer Sam Park on August 6, 2012 to break ground on the MassWorks Infrastructure Program-supported Route 119/I-495 Interchange Safety and Capacity Improvement Project, which will spur private development in Littleton. Read press release. See more photos.  The Point's first store, Market Basket, had its grand opening on November 8, 2014.

         

Littleton Common  Littleton Crossroads: Rt. 2 @ I-495 

 

 

Littleton at the Crossroads: Rt. 2 @ I-495.  The Town of Littleton has launched an economic development planning initiative for the industrially-zoned land near the intersection of Routes 2 and I-495. A public forum was held on Thursday, May 31, 2012. See presentation and notes. Next public forum: Thursday, September 13, 2012.  Read more.

Littleton Common: At Exit 31 on I-495 at Exit 31, at the junction of Routes 119, 110, and 2A. Littleton Common hosts the Littleton campus of IBM’s MassLab facility (its largest software development campus in North America, with 2,200 employees), and the 90-acre mixed use site now being developed by Sam Park & Company (which will create 400 more jobs).

  • $1.8-million Massworks grant for roadway safety and capacity improvements to Route 119/Great Road. Read more
  • Sam Park & Co. - 495 Great Road - Planning Board unanimously approves special permits for Sam Park & Co.'s mixed use development at 495 Great Road.Read more.  
  • Littleton Common Sewer Feasibility Study - See the presentation.  Read the Smart Sewering Strategy report. Read more.
  • Littleton Common Zoning - May 2010 Special Town Meeting voters approved Littleton Common Area A Village zoning and Area B overlay zoning
495 MetroWest Development Compact. On March 29, 2012, the Patrick-Murray Administration announced the release of the 495/MetroWest Development Compact Regional Plan. The priority areas identified in this plan -- which includes Littleton Common-- are intended to guide and inform future land use decisions in the region. By providing a regional perspective on the 495/MetroWest Region, the Plan will help local, regional and state partners make decisions and investments that promote new growth which maximizes current resources in the region and to assure that continued growth will be sustainable over the long term.

 Mass Lab Ribbon Cutting by ibmphoto24.

 June 16, 2010

Governor Deval Patrick at grand opening of IBM Mass Lab, 550 King Street, Littleton.

 

July 9, 2009

Ribbon-cutting at Curtiss-Wright Controls, 151 Taylor Street

 

June 22, 2009

Lieutenant Governor tours IBM facility, 550 King Street

L-R - Town Administrator Keith Bergman, Selectmen Ken Eldridge and Alex McCurdy, Lt. Governor Tim Murray, State Rep. Jim Arciero, Selectman Janet Wilkinson, IBM VP Bob McDonald

Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan. On January 8, 2008, the Board of Selectmen voted to approve a contract withthe Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) for a scope of services to undertake the economic development strategy and action plan exercise (with $25,000 funded by the 11/5/07 Town Meeting) and the expedited permitting process ($20,000 funded by a grant from the state's IPB).  

IBM, Cisco approved as Priority Development Sites. The Commonwealth’s Interagency Permitting Board  has approved the Town of Littleton’s expedited permitting application under MGL C.43D and designated two Priority Development Sites (PDS) in Littleton: (1) 550 King Street (Map U8, Parcel 10-- the “IBM” site owned by National Development)  and (2) the Cisco Systems site on Great Road (Map R18, Parcel 1-2). The11/5/07 Town Meeting had designated both properties as Priority Development Sites. See the expediting permitting procedures adopted by the Board of Selectmen on December 8, 2008. See map showing the two PDS sites.

43D Grant Funds approved. In votes taken on December 13, 2007 and February 13, 2008, the Interagency Permitting Board also approved $100,000 in grant funds for the Town's implementation of expedited permitting. $20,000 is being used to fund services from MAPC as the Town's expedited permitting/ planning consultant; $30,000 for 18 months of increased Town staffing; and $50,000 to undertake transportation analyses of the IBM and Cisco Sites.

495 MetroWest Development Compact. On March 29, 2012, the Patrick-Murray Administration announced the release of the 495/MetroWest Development Compact Regional Plan. The priority development areas identified in this plan -- which include Littleton Common and the industrial area around the intersection of Rt. 2 and I-495 in Littleton-- are intended to guide and inform future land use decisions in the region. Read more.

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Town Administrator 
Keith A. Bergman
kbergman@littletonma.org