Study Planners Invite Residents to Feb. 24 Open Houses

Construction of Harbor Place as seen from Basiliere Bridge. (Courtesy photograph.)

Haverhill’s Transformative Development Initiative is inviting more comments on its downtown urban design study during three open houses Wednesday, Feb. 24

The first takes place from noon to 2 p.m., at Pentucket Bank Community Room, 35 Merrimack St., another from 5 to 7:45 p.m., at Hamel Mill Lofts, 40 Locke St, and a Spanish language presentation from 8 to 9 p.m., at St. James Parish, lower church, Winter Street.

“Rather than do a traditional public meeting, we are going to organize a more informal and more interactive open house. We will have lunch time hours for those working in Haverhill and around during the day, as well as after work hours for those who live in town and are busy during the workday,” said Transformative Development Fellow Noah B. Koretz, who is on loan to the city from MassDevelopment. He said the events “present the public with more options, increase our opportunity for interaction and better reach out to stakeholders that have not yet been heard in this process…we will be discussing our work since the last meeting in a small group, drop-in atmosphere, with plenty of time for direct interaction and discussion with the public.”

In December, a draft was presented. It suggests new residential-commercial development, extending or reconnecting cross-streets to the riverfront and added parking, including a replacement parking deck.

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