The owners of three parcels at 0, 25 and 35 Orchard St. hope to win a special permit allowing 16 townhouse condominiums to be built on the land.
Planning and Economic Development Director William Pillsbury said the construction will improve the neighborhood by replacing a vacant field frequented by homeless and used as a dumping ground with four, four-unit buildings.
City Council will hear the request during its meeting Tuesday, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Theodore A. Pelosi Jr. City Council Chambers on the second floor of Haverhill City Hall (pictured). The meeting is open to the public.
According to an application for the permit, Richard P. Early Sr., trustee of D&D Realty; Aida Khalil; and Carl Khalil have an agreement to sell the lots to developer Christopher B. Cronin of CBC Realty Investments, who would build the homes.
Orchard Street is located between Duncan and Welcome streets. It runs parallel to Winter Street and connects to Winter via Locke, Locust and Emerson streets.
“The proposed project represents a significant investment in an area of the city that will be greatly benefited by it,” Pillsbury said.
The city Planning Board has approved the project and sent a conditional recommendation to City Council, with several stipulations addressing concerns by the Water and Fire departments and City Engineer John H. Pettis.
Fire Deputy Eric M. Tarpy requested that the building plans submitted to the city show how snow removal between the buildings will be handled.
The Wastewater division requires that the lot’s catch basins be removed and the project tie in to the city’s infrastructure for wastewater removal.
Pettis said the developer should commit to replacing the sidewalk along the full frontage of the parcel, upgrading it to cement with granite curbing.