For Businesses

Mayor Rob Dolan and the Board of Alderman are proud to have created a climate in Melrose supportive of businesses and local commercial districts.  By protecting residential and commercial property values far beyond the state and national average, collectively we have maintained a high quality of life to live and do business.

Come visit our destination downtown or other unique business districts and you will quickly see Melrose is the place in the Greater Boston area to live, shop, and do business!

Business Development Team

Introduced by Mayor Dolan in 2010, the Melrose Business Development Team was created as a resource for small business owners to navigate through state and local permitting. By coordinating access and communication with all city departments through one central point of contact, new and existing businesses can save crucial time and money.

Since its inception, the Business Team has met with over 30 current or potential Melrose business owners to help expedite permitting, expansion, or opening of a small business. The group is represented by a member of the Planning Department, Health Department, Fire Department, Inspectional Services, and the City Solicitor.

Email us today at and let us help get your business moving!

Why Melrose?

  • Located only 7 miles from Boston, Melrose is a city of nearly 30,000 residents but has a small town feel with an unbeatable location. We’re located within close proximity to Routes 93 and 128 as well as Route 1.
  • Do business in our Victorian era downtown
  • Significant recent investment in the street-scape and roadway infrastructure in the Wyoming, Highlands and Cedar Park neighborhood commercial districts designed to improve pedestrian access to the commuter rail stations and the local businesses.
  • Recently completed Oak Grove Village development which has revitalized the southern gateway to the community and set the standard for smart growth and transit oriented development. The residential community also includes a variety of specialty shops and a successful full service restaurant which has enhanced Melrose’s reputation as a destination for fine dining
  • Smart & Responsible Growth: Stone Place development project will begin in 2010 creating 300 units and will be the largest current residential project in Massachusetts.
  • Array of first class restaurants and local specialty stores thrive in Melrose
  • Three Commuter Rail stations and MBTA bus service
  • Reinvestment and commitment to the Historic District
  • Vibrant arts community
  • Commitment to “green space” such as Mt. Hood, Pine Banks, and the Middlesex Fells Reservation
  • A Chamber of Commerce that is active in promoting local business and community activities

Getting Started

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