Last week’s Stevens Street mill building fire may have prompted Haverhill city leaders to seek additional state help under a city ordinance governing future allowed uses in the Stevens Street Overlay District.
On Tuesday’s city council agenda, a request from Economic Development and Planning Director William Pillsbury Jr. for “additional minor changes” to add “residential, residential/mixed use commercial and performing arts-related uses” to permitted uses only on the western, or Little River, side of Stevens Street. Other uses would remain subject to a special permit approval process by the council.
“As evidenced by recent events Stevens Street is an area of significant transition and as such the attached zoning amendment further changes uses on the western side of Stevens Street only,” Pillsbury said in Sept. 21 memo to the council. “Additionally, the city seeks to further amend the zoning ordinance to facilitate the submission of a minor extension of the current boundaries of the city’s 40R Downtown Smart Growth overlay district to include the westerly side of Stevens Street. This change will position the city for additional resources to (be) made available to the city from the state to redevelop the area.”
The matter is expected to be referred by the city council to an Oct. 14 Planning Board meeting before a public hearing by the council Oct. 20. An eight-alarm blaze Sept. 20 destroyed the former site of Hudson Machinery Company, 14-30 Stevens St., on the side of Little River behind Lafayette Square.
The Haverhill City Council meets at 7 p.m., Tuesday, in council chambers at Haverhill City Hall.