Council Considers Harbor Place Help

Mayor with Harbor Place drawing

Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini admires architect's rendering of Haverhill Place.

An action-packed Haverhill City Council agenda for issues regarding the new Harbor Place development project on Merrimack Street.

During Tuesday's regular session, the council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the mayor's requests to submit documents to the Commonwealth for a designated Urban Center Housing zone and a Tax Increment Financing plan. The council is also being asked to create additional parking spaces at the Haverhill Place parking lot and along the south side of Bailey Boulevard. The Harbor Place development would be built at the site of the vacant Woolworth building and other adjacent properties downtown.

Also on the City Council agenda, Haverhill firefighter and resident Tyler Kimball is asking the council to reconsider a permit request for an outdoor event at the family-owned Kimball Farm on East Broadway. Plans for a so-called “Dirty Girl” race event to be held at the farm on July 19 were blocked by the council last month after complaints from area residents over traffic backups and parking issues during a previous public event. In a related matter, the council's Administration and Finance Committee will report on a recent public hearing for proposed tighter regulations over large public events charging admission.

The Haverhill City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at Haverhill City Hall.