Active Commercial Districts
The Center Village
The Center Village is the community’s commercial and civic center. It is located at the intersection of Route 110, Route 129 (Billerica Street), Route 27 (Acton Road) and Route 4 (North Street). The Center Village is a designated historic district and exemplifies a classic New England village charm characterized by a common green, churches and a dense collection of historic structures. This pedestrian friendly Village consists of many small locally owned and operated businesses such as restaurants, specialty retail, personal service establishments, banks, and numerous professional offices. Across from the center library the recently redeveloped $4.5 million Chelmsford Town Center 41,000 sq ft retail center is bookended by CHOICE Fitness and Andiamo’s Italian restaurant.
Also within walking distance to the Village are two large employment centers; the Village Square and the Parlee Office Park at Meeting House Road. Both properties offer a mixture of professional and specialty doctor offices. On the outside edge of the west side of the Village, on Chelmsford Street (Route 110) are more commercial and retail establishments and two hotels- The Radisson Hotel and Suites offers 214 guest rooms, a conference center, shuttle service, fitness center and a heated indoor swimming pool. The adjacent recently opened Holiday Inn Express is also a business and family friendly hotel. Every freshly designed guest room offers a mini refrigerator, microwave, and free high speed internet. Each morning hotel guests arise to a complimentary buffet breakfast and a copy of the USA Today.
The Drum Hill / Tech Drive
The Drum Hill/Tech Drive district is adjacent to the Route 3 and near the Lowell municipal border. It is one of the major retail corridors in Chelmsford and the region. This retail corridor is home to many regional and national chains, such as Wal-Mart, Sears, Hannaford’s and Starbucks, and therefore continues to experience economic investment.
Technology Drive, developed in the 1990s, has evolved into a truly mixed use area, home to high tech businesses, specialized housing for the elderly, general office, a day care, an extended stay hotel and a luxury apartment complex. This area is anchored by the state of the art Lowell General Hospital, featuring the area’s only outpatient day surgery facility, the Center for Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery, Tufts Pediatric Specialty Center, and a host of specialty physician offices.
With a dedicated ramp off Route 3, this area has excellent access to the highway system, an abundance of on-site parking, excellent visibility and high traffic counts on the local roadways.
Vinal Square is a mixed use zone located in the heart of North Chelmsford at the intersection of Route 3A (Princeton Street), Groton Road (Route 40) and Middlesex Street. Vinal Square and abutting commercial areas have good access to the highway system, an abundance of public and private parking and excellent visibility and traffic counts.
This pedestrian friendly area is home to many small locally owned businesses, convenience store, personal services, restaurants, a bank and a bowling alley. Within walking distance of the Square are two historic mill buildings that have been successfully adapted for modern use. The mills contain a variety of uses, including residential lofts, retail, office, personal services, light industrial and storage space.
Leaving the Square, heading both north on Tyngsboro Road and south on Princeton Street (Route 3A), are additional commercial and retail businesses, for example, Mahoney’s Garden Center, New England’s Largest Family of full service Garden Centers and Princeton Station, a restaurant, lounge, entertainment and banquet / function facility.