By Douglas Moser
---- — LAWRENCE — Everett Mills has a new tenant.
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, D-Lowell, officially opened a new office in suite 401 of the historic mill building at 15 Union St. yesterday afternoon. She will have a member of her staff in the office for constituents Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“It’s important to stay engaged in the City of Lawrence so people who need help can find us,” Tsongas told a gathering of nearly 50 people in the office yesterday.
She moved from her former office at 305 Essex St. because of budget concerns, but she highlighted the Everett Mills building as central to the character of Lawrence and the building management’s green push. Last summer, Everett Mills unveiled a nearly two-acre solar panel array on top of the building.
Everett Mills has anchored Lawrence’s downtown for more than 100 years and currently provides office space for high tech, health and human service providers, manufacturing, and distribution businesses.
Tsongas’ office said in a statement that the choice illustrates Tsongas’ commitment to both historic preservation and environmental and smart growth principles.
Marianne Paley Nadel, owner and manager of Everett Mills, said the she is excited to have Tsongas in the building, and said the choice was a natural fit.
“We have had the opportunity to have Niki here many times, from the Bread and Roses celebration to unveiling the solar array,” she said. “It was a natural progression.”
The Third Congressional district, which locally includes Lawrence, Methuen, Haverhill and most of Andover and stretches out to Gardner and Marlborough, added 11 new communities and 159,000 new residents to the former Fifth district during the recent redistricting after the 2010 Census.
Tsongas’ district office staff is available for constituent services such as assisting with Social Security and Medicare benefits, resolving problems with visa and passport issues, serving as a liaison for small businesses, supporting veterans with military records or accessing VA services, and helping students apply for college loans and grants or to one of the service academies.
Residents can call the Lawrence office at 978-681-6200.
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