AutoFair Plans Haverhill Subaru Dealership

The Haverhill City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing Tuesday on a special permit application to expand the former Regan Ford auto dealership to, in part, include a new Subaru franchise.

The application by Haverhill Realty LLC, Manchester, N.H., received a favorable recommendation by the Haverhill Planning Board, subject to filing for a notice of intent with the Conservation Commission, according to minutes of the planning board’s April 13 meeting. Under that notice, according to Conservation Department Environmental Health Technician Robert E. Moore Jr., “the Commission may be in position to manage a storm water peer review,” conducted for a storm water management design’s compliance with local regulations.

“The project consists of renovating and expanding the existing auto dealership with Ford in one of the forward buildings and Subaru in the other. Additions are proposed to be constructed to both of these buildings. Minimal earthwork is needed around the existing buildings to accommodate the building additions, accessible parking spaces and new vehicular service access,” reads a report from engineering and planning firm Howard Stein Hudson, Chelmsford. “The existing storm water management system is proposed to be reused and improved to the greatest extent practicable.”

While the expansion proposal did not receive objections in reviews by city departments, comments from Fire Prevention and Water Maintenance departments called for “modification to the fire department connection” to both forward buildings and additional water lines or fire hydrants.

“This project will be an improvement to the site, the environmental conditions therein and neighborhood. More green areas on the lot will be created by this development,” Attorney Robert D. Harb wrote in a brief to the council. “This project will not create any traffic issue.”

In February, 2015, as WHAV reported, AutoFair Ford of Haverhill was granted a new Motor Vehicle I license by the Haverhill License Commission, as part of its purchase of the former Regan Ford, 501-503 Broadway. Haverhill Realty had purchased three parcels at the dealership, between Interstate 495 and Computer Drive, for $9 million, according to a deed filed Feb. 11, 2015, with the Southern Essex District Registry of Deeds, Salem.

The Haverhill City Council meets at 7 p.m., Tuesday, in Theodore A. Pelosi Jr. Council Chambers at Haverhill City Hall.

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