Developer Eyes Top 2 Floors of ‘Lasting Room’ Building for Housing

Haverhill City Hall. (WHAV News file photograph.)

City Council will be asked to approve another downtown waterfront residential project, this one much smaller in scale than the recently constructed Harbor Place and recently approved 10-story Haverhill Heights.

Phil Rice, trustee for Sanders Currier Realty Trust, seeks the council’s permission to create four market-rate residential units in the building that houses the Lasting Room restaurant and bar.

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Rice’s request will be considered in a public hearing when the council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Theodore A. Pelosi Jr. City Council Chambers on the second floor of Haverhill City Hall. Comments for and against the project will be allowed.

The units would occupy the top two floors, which are currently unused, at 116-122 Washington St.

Under the Waterfront District zoning regulations, the project requires a special permit from the council.

The exterior of the former shoe factory will not be changed, Rice said.

The developers plan to lease five parking spaces in the MVRTA parking garage on Granite Street.

In a letter to the council, Economic Development and Planning Director William Pillsbury Jr. recommended approval of the project.

“The proposed project represents an excellent development consistent with all the goals of the city to revitalize downtown,” Pillsbury wrote. “The redevelopment of the current Lasting Room building into a mixed-use market-rate project is a strong positive indication of the private sector confidence in investing in Haverhill.”

Other agenda items include:

  • Pay raises for the mayor and City Council, to become effective on Jan. 1, 2018
  • Permits for a series of movies on six consecutive Thursday nights, beginning July 13, in the waterfront parking lot next to Haverhill Bank
  • Discussions on the Merrimack Street “bump-outs” and a progress report on plans to build a softball field for the HHS girls team