To reinvigorate the Fall River Downtown TDI District through relationship-building with the community and local stakeholders, reinvestment in local businesses and the communities they serve, businesses, and reinvention, initiating programs that create a distinct district identity and promote Downtown Fall River as a destination.
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We envision a District that is a source of pride for Fall River residents and a must-visit destination for visitors to the Southcoast region. It will embody The City’s “make it” spirit as fertile ground for entrepreneurs with a commitment from local partners to help new businesses grow and flourish in a collaborative culture.
MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, banks, and communities to stimulate economic growth. It’s Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) is a program for Gateway Cities* designed to accelerate economic growth within focused districts.
* The Legislature defines 26 Gateway Cities in the Commonwealth, which are Attleboro, Barnstable, Brockton, Chelsea, Chicopee, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, New Bedford, Peabody, Pittsfield, Quincy, Revere, Salem, Springfield, Taunton, Westfield, and Worcester.
Situated in the heart of downtown, the Fall River TDI District connects the city’s art district to its newly developed waterfront. It comprises a sizable portion of South Main Street, from Anawan St, near the Government Center, down to Union Street, closer to Kennedy Park. View the district map.
As an increasingly active and engaging area that’s seeing new development and investment, Fall River’s TDI District has historical and cultural significance as a booming regional powerhouse in Massachusetts’ South Shore. Primarily a commercial and mixed-use corridor, the district has many assets that, when leveraged, can increase positive perceptions of Fall River. Anchor institutions around downtown include the Bristol County Superior Court, the Lizzie Borden B&B, and Alexandra’s Boutique.
TDI works to concentrate economic development activities, resources, and investments within designated neighborhood areas, known as “TDI Districts,” to create a critical mass of activity that inspires investments by local residents, entrepreneurs, and businesses, as well as additional private development. TDI Districts are mixed-use with a commercial component, compact—with a five minute walking radius or less—and are defined by a walkable, dense physical environment.
The TDI Partnership is a group of Fall River organizations (including non-profit, social service agencies, private-owned retail, and financial institutions) who aim to leverage the TDI District’s role as a connector between the city’s north and south ends by increasing market-rate housing and walkability, and by building relationships with the community and local stakeholders to form a distinct district identity: a destination in which people can visit and stay downtown. Through active engagement and support from stakeholders throughout the city, an active nightlife hub, and events that incorporate arts, culture, and entertainment to attract an array of locals and visitors, can become the standard in downtown Fall River.
The TDI Partnership includes:
The City of Fall River
One Southcoast Chamber
SER Jobs for Progress
SouthCoast Community Foundation
Justice Resource Institute (JRI)
Rockland Trust Bank
the Business Innovation Center
Fall River Pawnbrokers
the Corky Row Neighborhood Association
We Love Fall River
Applicants in the TDI District will be considered for the Get Connected Grant program. This includes:
Applicants in “other areas” will receive a reduction of 10 points on the basic application, but will otherwise receive full consideration. This includes: