Minuteman Park is a 250-acre office / research park that has been master planned in two phases to accommodate 2,500,000 square feet of development. Approximately 1,900,000 square feet is currently built.
The site was originally zoned in the 1960's for industrial and commercial use. Prior to the rezoning, the site was historically significant, as it was the location of Shattuck Farm, which was one of the major agricultural suppliers during the industrial era to the nearby mill cities of Lowell and Lawrence. In addition, the site was rich in Native American prehistory.
By the time the site was proposed for development, most of the farm buildings were destroyed or falling down, but the structure of the farm landscape remained. During the master planning process, the various building sites were located to retain the existing stone walls, hedgerows, and other significant landscape features. An archaeological investigation was conducted throughout the property, and sensitive archaeological sites were preserved. As development occurred, stone walls were rebuilt, hedgerows maintained, and walking and jogging trails were located along these corridors. A system of wet ponds was developed to augment existing and proposed landscape features and provide multiple functions related to irrigation, storm water management, and water quality.
The project also required significant offsite traffic mitigation. An existing interchange over I-93 was rebuilt, an overpass was widened from two to six lanes, and over one mile of town roadway was rebuilt.