24 Loft Apartments, Retail Space Coming to Downtown Haverhill’s Washington Street

A mixed-use property is coming to downtown Haverhill's 87 Washington St. (Courtesy photograph/Traggorth Companies)

A mixed-use property is coming to downtown Haverhill's 87 Washington St. (Courtesy photograph/Traggorth Companies)

Boston-based developer David Traggorth is bringing 24 loft-style apartments and a 3,500 square-foot retail space to downtown Haverhill’s Washington Street, breathing new life into the long-vacant brick building at 87 Washington St., that most recently housed the Trattoria Al Forno restaurant.

Traggorth expects to begin construction on the site soon, and is going to great lengths to maintain as much of the integrity of the original building as possible.

“They used old photos and other research to make the new building look as much like the original building as possible,” Mayor James J. Fiorentini said of the project, which hearkens back to the original building built after the Great Fire of 1882.

Traggorth, who hopes to complete construction by the end of next year, intends to renovate the property’s adjacent alleyways and build an accessibility ramp with a protective canopy, Fiorentini’s office said.

Eighty-seven Washington St. is the second downtown property Traggorth has revamped. The firm turned the former Surplus Office Supply building at 37 Washington St. into JM Lofts, which features market-rate apartments and retail space.

A public groundbreaking ceremony is planned at 87 Washington St. Tuesday at 11 a.m.