DEVENS -- Fort Devens closed as an active Army base on March 31, 1996, after training men and women since 1917 and deploying troops to every 20th century conflict. Soon after, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts purchased much of the cantonment area and began a lengthy process of redevelopment.

On April 16 at 1 p.m., Peter Lowitt, Director of Land Use at Devens, will present an illustrated program, "The DREZ at 20: Devens Redevelopment a Reflection."

The Devens Enterprise Commission, which acts as the regulatory and permitting authority for the Devens Regional Enterprise Zone, has just completed its most recent five year review of development wherein staff and the Commissioners review recent development against the goals and objectives created for each zoning district as part of the Devens ReUse Plan and By-laws. With 5.7 million square feet of development, a 1 percent vacancy rate and more than 5,500 current jobs, Devens redevelopment has been an unqualified success.

Lowitt will reflect on his 17 years working for the commission and share some of the aspects of Devens that has helped position it as a poster child for the successful redevelopment of a closed or BRACed military base.

The museum will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the program to start at 1 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. The museum is located at 94 Jackson Road, Devens, 3rd floor. For more information please contact the museum at info@fortdevensmuseum.org or 978-772-1286.


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