Photo: UMass-Lowell Chancellor Martin Meehan with Greater Haverhill Foundation Manager Ronald Trombley.
At least one more building has been added to the $68 million Harbor Place development in downtown Haverhill.
Merrimack Street Owner LLC, a partner in the project, took possession of the building housing the optometry offices of Dr. Frederic Rose, 72-74 Merrimack Street. Developers paid $325,000 for the property.
Those close to the project report the Rose property is needed for the access to the westerly portion of the development slated for housing. Remaining buildings believed to be under consideration are North East Behavioral Health, 60 Merrimack St. and Angel Care Kids Therapy Center, 70 Merrimack St
Governor Deval Patrick was on hand early in July for groundbreaking ceremonies. At that time, Lisa B. Alberghini, president of the Planning Office for Urban Affairs, another project partner said 80 percent of a new building is leased with UMass—Lowell taking two floors, Pentucket Bank taking a floor for its executive offices and HC Media taking a small portion of the first floor for a satellite recording studio.
The developer is a consortium comprised of the Boston Archdiocese’s Planning Office for Urban Affairs, Greater Haverhill Foundation and Boston attorney Frank Giso III. The group owns a contiguous block of properties from the former Woolworth’s department store through the Ocasio Martial Arts building.