Located in the Town of Ludlow, Massachusetts the historic Ludlow Mills complex once employed more than 5,000 people for production of jute yarns, twine, and webbing and was one of the primary economic generators for the region. The historic complex, owned and managed by Westmass, currently encompasses approximately 130 acres, and more than 50 historic mill buildings with 1.1 million square feet of developable space.
Today, Westmass oversees the conversion of this more than 120-year-old historic mill complex into a modern, mixed-use, development which balances residential, commercial, and industrial uses with greenspace and recreational amenities. In addition to becoming a renewed employment center, the Mills are developing into a rejuvenated residential hub with the 2017 conversion of Mill #10 into mixed-income, senior housing as well as the anticipated redevelopment of Mill #8 into an additional 91 senior units.
This ambitious project represents a collaboration with the Town of Ludlow that aims to provide major economic development benefits to the community and western Massachusetts while also preserving a significant historic asset, incorporating sustainable design elements, and reversing the decline of a large industrial property. Today, the mill complex currently contains approximately 30 businesses and 300 employees whose uses range from healthcare, light industrial, warehousing uses and a brewery as well as recreation and hospitality.
The Ludlow Mills complex includes a unique and wide-ranging set of existing uses and buildings, vacant land, infrastructure, and other features and opportunities. Development within the “mill district” is governed by a special permit approved by the town of Ludlow as set forth in the 2011 Ludlow Mills Comprehensive Plan.