High Street Property Owner Seeks to Expand Number of Units

Haverhill City Hall. (WHAV News file photograph.)

The owner of a High Street property, approved for redevelopment into five apartments last year, is asking the Haverhill City Council to modify a special permit to allow two additional units.

Councilors Tuesday are to formally schedule a Dec.13 public hearing on a petition filed by Attorney Anthony J. Rossi, Chelsea, on behalf of applicant Ronald T. Romanowski, of Woburn, and 13 High St. Realty Trust, Haverhill. In March, 2015, councilors granted a special permit, under a “repetitive petition,” to 13 High Street Trustee Kerri Fronduto to redevelop a then-vacant storefront-warehouse-apartment building into five residential units. The permit, as amended then by the council, reduced the number of units from six. As WHAV reported in December, 2014, an earlier petition to allow seven units was denied. Revised plans submitted include an increase, from an approved nine parking spaces, to 14 spaces in a lot across the street, also owned by the realty trust.

Also on Tuesday’s mostly routine meeting agenda, Haverhill Brightside Director Christine Rau, at the request of Councilor Thomas J. Sullivan, is scheduled to address the council with an “end of the year report on 2016 projects,” including beautification efforts with 17 curbside planters installed across the downtown and other core areas. At least 16 additional planters are scheduled to be installed in 2017.

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