Downtown Haverhill Projects Bring Shuffling, Trades of Parking Spaces

A design rendering illustrates the boardwalk of Salvatore N. Lupoli's downtown Haverhill project called The Heights. (Courtesy photograph)

A design rendering illustrates the boardwalk of Salvatore N. Lupoli's downtown Haverhill project called The Heights. (Courtesy photograph.)

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There will be some shuffling of downtown parking spaces as Haverhill moves forward with completion of the riverfront boardwalk and construction of Sal Lupoli’s $30 million tower.

Haverhill city councilors are expected Tuesday to approve trades of privately used parking spaces for city-owned spaces. The parking areas are associated with a veterans’ outpatient clinic and dentist’s office and the Salvation Army’s Thrift Shop.

What legally are being described as easements, councilors are being asked to give seven spaces at the Herbert H. Goecke (GO-KEY) Memorial Parking Deck in exchange for five where Lupoli plans to build his 10-story building. The spaces will be for the “exclusive” use of Neil A. Tagerman’s Brigham Circle Trust at 108 Merrimack St.

Similarly, the city will pay $25,000 to the owner of the Salvation Army building and swap two spaces at the How Street parking lot, behind Haverhill Beef, for three on Cram Place—on the left side of Lupoli’s planned building. The spaces are needed for the Salvation Army’s collection boxes.

The city may take the spaces back should the Salvation Army Thrift Store ever leave downtown.

In other business before the City Council, members will formally hear of the retirement of Haverhill Veterans Services Director Michael Ingham. Mayor James J. Fiorentini is appointing John E. Ratka to the job on an interim basis. Ratka, of Salem, N.H., currently serves as executive director of the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center in Haverhill.