Our Mission

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.

Photo Credit: Trevor Santana

Our Vision

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.

What is the MassDevelopment Transformative Development Initiative (TDI)?

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.

Where is the Fall River TDI District?

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.

How does TDI work?

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.

What is the TDI Partnership?

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.

Who is in the Fall River TDI Partnership?

The TDI Partnership includes:
The City of Fall River
One Southcoast Chamber
SER Jobs for Progress
SouthCoast Community Foundation
Justice Resource Institute (JRI)
People Incorporated
BayCoast Bank
Rockland Trust Bank
Alexandra’s Boutique
the Business Innovation Center
Fall River Pawnbrokers
the Corky Row Neighborhood Association
We Love Fall River

Why is Your Organization in the Fall River TDI Partnership?

Bank Five, a TDI Partner
Bank Five
SER Jobs for Progress, a TDI Partner
SER Jobs for Progress
Corky Row Neighborhood Association, a TDI Partner
Corky Row Neighborhood Association
Business Innovation Center, a TDI Partner
Business Innovation Center
People Incorporated, a TDI Partner
People Incorporated
Justice Resource Institute, a TDI Partner
Justice Resource Institute
E for All, a TDI Partner
E for All
We Love Fall River, a TDI Partner
We Love Fall River

TDI District Map

Applicants in the TDI District will be considered for the Get Connected Grant program. This includes:

  • 403 Anawan Street
  • 34 Borden Street
  • 385 to 435 Columbia Street
  • 32 Frontage Road
  • 285 to 340 Milliken Boulevard
  • 7 Morgan Street
  • 120 Pearl Street
  • 207 Pocasset Street
  • 17 to 99 Rodman Street
  • 230 to 427 Second Street
  • 1 to 459 South Main Street

Applicants in “other areas” will receive a reduction of 10 points on the basic application, but will otherwise receive full consideration. This includes:

  • 1 to 384 Columbia Street
  • 95 Morgan Street
  • 1 to 155 North Main Street
  • 1 to 105 Purchase Street
  • 100 to 315 Rodman Street
  • 460 to 720 South Main Street

  • TDI Partners: