The City Council meets on the second floor of City Hall (pictured) in the Theodore A. Pelosi City Council Chambers.
Unused commercial buildings on lots at 0-2 S. Grove St. in Haverhill’s Bradford section are poised to be renovated into 40 one- and two-bedroom apartments if the City Council grants permission after a public hearing planned for Tuesday.
Economic Development and Planning Director William Pillsbury recommends the council approve a special permit for the development proposed by J and J Realty and trustee James A. Allen.
The project will encompass a parcel formerly owned by Pan Am Railways, which the city had considered buying as part of a rail trail to provide access to the Merrimack River.
Pillsbury praised the developer’s plans to grant an easement to continue the Bradford side of the rail trail through the development.
“In the public dedication of a portion of the rail trail to afford public access to the river, the project provides maximum public benefit resulting from the redevelopment of the land,” Pillsbury said.
Architect John Sava, in application documents for the project, said the rehabilitation of defunct commercial buildings will improve the residential quality of the neighborhood, add green space, and provide construction jobs for local residents.
In addition to Pillsbury, the project has the backing of the city’s Conservation Commission and Building Inspector Richard Osborne.
The council will consider the project during a public hearing Tuesday in the Theodore A. Pelosi City Council Chambers on the second floor of City Council. The council’s regular meeting begins at 7 p.m.