Economic Development

Poised for Growth

With easy access to the Cities of Boston, Worcester and Providence as well as business opportunities along the Route 495 corridor, the Town of Millbury is poised for growth. Millbury is a business-friendly community that boasts excellent highway access (direct access to I-90, I-146, Rte. 122, and Rte. 122A and close proximity to Rtes. 495, 290 and 395), an active freight rail line, developable commercial and industrial land, capacity in its sewer and water systems, and a streamlined permitting process aimed at helping applicants navigate the approval process in a timely and cost-effective manner. The Town also has a low, single tax rate and is part of the Blackstone Valley Economic Target Area (ETA), which offers a wide range of State incentives to beneficial businesses.

In 2014, the Town joined forces with the neighboring Town of Sutton to establish a Priority Development Site in accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 43D. Combined, this area contains 563 acres of prime real estate that can accommodate industrial, commercial and high density residential development. Millbury’s May 6, 2014 Town Meeting accepted the provisions of Chapter 43D and approved the filing with the Interagency Permitting Board. The Commonwealth’s Interagency Permitting Board approved the expedited permitting application and designated the Route 122A Priority Development Site (PDS), straddling the Towns of Millbury and Sutton, at their meeting September 17, 2014.   See Section 2 of the 2015 Town of Millbury Development Guidebook for the Step-By-Step Permitting Process for Chapter 43D projects adopted by the Board of Selectmen on January 13, 2015.  

Vibrant Economy - Past & Present

Asa Waters MansionThe Blackstone River rushes through Millbury’s town center, also known as Armory Village. A prevalence of mill buildings along its banks bear witness to the important role that the Blackstone River played, not only in Millbury’s historic development, but also in the launch of the American Industrial Revolution. It is because of this rich heritage that Millbury is included in the Blackstone Valley National Heritage Corridor, a national park celebrating the “Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution”.

Although the armory for which Millbury Center was named is no more, the stately Asa Waters Mansion attests to the success of the enterprise. Today, the Asa Waters Mansion hosts weddings and business meetings, string quartets and wine tastings. Felters MillMeanwhile, a short walk from the Asa Waters Mansion, the Felters Mill, once a leading producer of pressed wool and synthetic needled felts, is a flourishing mixed-use complex containing professional offices, KRAVE Fitness, and retailers including the Cake Shop Cafe, and Christopher’s Homemade Ice Cream Shoppe. In addition to these opportunities, locals and visitors alike can enjoy a day of shopping at Millbury’s various antique, consignment and specialy shops, including the new Penny Jane Bridal and Two Girls Art Studio. Enjoy fine dining at the trendy Calabria Restaurant, drinks and a movie at the old-time Elm Draught House Cinema, and a tasty treat at The Candy Shoppe. Newer businesses to the downtown area include The Coop BBQ, 9Round Fitness, Lash & Brow operated by Chaba Day Spa and Trifecta Bakery.

Shoppes at Blackstone ValleyMillbury is also home to the Shoppes at Blackstone Valley, the largest open-air shopping environment in Central Massachusetts with more than 45 shops, 12 dining establishments and a 14-screen cinema.   Millbury accommodates a number of international industries, including FIBA Technologies Inc., Barrday Composite Solutions and Wheelabrator Millbury Inc., as well as national and regional manufacturers including IBA, Inc., United Material Management, and Discover Marble & Granite.

In addition to an impressive mill history and long-standing supportive business climate, Millbury’s proximity to premier colleges and universities in Worcester means a steady supply of skilled workers. A diversity of affordable housing opportunities in safe, walkable neighborhoods, good schools, recreation opportunities, and a welcoming citizenry attract workers looking for a place to call home.

Millbury is Your Partner in Business

Restaurant BuildingIn case it isn’t clear - Millbury wants your business! With the enthusiastic support of Millbury’s leaders, the Department of Planning & Development strives to help you transform your development proposal or business idea into reality. Together, we will help you navigate the regulatory and permitting process so that your move to Millbury is a positive and rewarding experience. Millbury truly is the place to start, expand or relocate your business. Get started today! 

Photos courtesy of Edd Cote

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