Lowell’s S&R to Oversee Construction of Downtown Haverhill Lupoli Parking Deck

Lowell-based S&R Corporation won rights to oversee construction of Salvatore N. Lupoli’s downtown parking deck. (WHAV News file photograph)

Developer Salvatore N. Lupoli’s Haverhill Heights complex continues to take shape, with the city awarding a contract to Lowell’s S&R Corporation to oversee development of the planned downtown parking deck.

Under the direction of brothers Stephen and Roger Ploof, S&R won the contract with a bid of $1,536,000, city purchasing director Steven S. Bucuzzo told WHAV. North Billerica’s J&J Contractors also submitted a bid of $2.6 million.

Revised plan deletes a section of the planned parking deck on city land near the Post Office. Click for larger image.

In addition to the parking deck, S&R also plans to extend the boardwalk at 192 Merrimack St., Bucuzzo said.

The two-level parking structure that will occupy the area alongside Lupoli’s 10-story commercial and housing project is a scaled-back version of what the developer originally envisioned. As WHAV reported in August, Lupoli reached a compromise with Mayor James J. Fiorentini to eliminate one-third of the parking deck so that the city can reallocate funds to complete the riverfront boardwalk.

In the end, taking $500,000 out of Haverhill’s roughly $5 million emergency bank instead of a $1.12 million loan saves the city an estimated $420,000 in interest.

Lupoli will maintain and control the parking deck to be built entirely on his property at 192 Merrimack St. City-owned property behind the Franklin Block, 200 Merrimack St., will continue to be used as a surface parking lot.

Also planned for the $30 million complex are a Salvatore’s restaurant, Northern Essex Community College’s culinary institute and 42 luxury apartments.