Methuen is located in the Merrimack Valley with convenient highway access, 27 miles north of Boston and 26 miles from Manchester, NH. It is a city with a “small town feel” and so much to offer! Methuen is rich with historic buildings and character. We have outstanding school and athletic facilities that are primary attractions for families looking to move into the community. We have an experienced workforce both locally and within the region. The city has a very active Senior Center that provides a wide variety of programs. Methuen is also home to exceptional recreational resources such as the Merrimack River, Forest Lake, and the Methuen Rail Trail.
The reconstruction of the I-93 Rotary represents a major investment in the community that will set the stage for future business growth. The rotary project will improve traffic flow and capacity, and open potential development opportunities. More than 100 acres of developable land area exists west of the rotary.
The City of Methuen focuses on fostering job growth and implementing business-friendly policies. We are a designated Economic Target Area by the state, which enables new and existing businesses to apply for tax incentives when relocating or expanding in our city. We also have local tax incentives to offer to potential businesses – click HERE to read more about incentives recently granted to businesses in Methuen!
Featured Development Site
Methuen Rotary Reconstruction Project
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) $66.4 million Methuen Rotary Reconstruction Project will alleviate traffic congestion and improve safety in the vicinity of the rotary by:
- replacing the existing rotary with a partial cloverleaf interchange;
- building or realigning four I-93 on- and off-ramps;
- building a new I-93 southbound loop on-ramp and I-93 northbound loop off-ramp;
- realigning Route 110/113;
- building new signalized intersections east and west of the interchange; and
- improving bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.
Activities to prepare for the start of construction began in May 2014. The four-year project will be constructed in eight stages and include five traffic shifts. Construction will be complete by June 2018. Activities for each stage are outlined in About the Project on the Schedule page.
Featured Community Project
Methuen Rail Trail
The Methuen Rail Trail runs 2.4 mile trail through the heart of the city. It perfectly suited for both hiking or cycling. Starting at the Lawrence line above the Spicket River, the Methuen Rail Trail will connect Lawrence’s Spicket Greenway with Salem NH’s Bike Ped Corridor and the rest of the ever growing Granite State Rail Trail system.
Parking is available at the lot on Railroad Street in Methuen and at the Hampshire Road entrance in Salem, NH.
Economic Development in Methuen
DID YOU KNOW? The 2016 Boston Business Journal’s Book of Who’s Who recognized the following fun facts about this company in Methuen:
- The Aulson Company, Inc. was ranked #8 as the Largest Veteran Owned Company in Massachusetts
The City of Methuen is in an Economic Target Area and has recently offered three Tax Increment Finance options to Jessica’s Brick Oven, Globus Medical and New England Die Cutting to assist them in relocating there. Methuen is both an Economically Distressed Area and a Gateway City and has a State Priority Development Area (Malden Milles) and several local/regional priority development areas.
What should you do in Methuen? The redeveloped Loop (a Priority Development Area) has shopping and AMC Movie Theatres! There are also many local dining options in Methuen. Check out the Fireside Restaurant and Pub, Not Your Average Joe’s, Methuen Family Restaurant, the Brickhouse Tavern and Tap, The Irish Cottage, MiMexico Lindo, Thwaite’s Market, Norm’s White Horse, Prelude Restaurant, or Borrelli’s Italian Deli.
Are you getting ready for Thanksgiving?? Try out Raymond’s Turkey Farm!
Finally, don’t forget to stop and visit the Methuen Memorial Music Hall, where the first concert organ in the United States can be found!!!!