Councilors Approve New 34-Unit Apartment Building at Former Forest Acres Complex

Andrew M. Chaban, CEO of Princeton Properties, shows an apartment building plan during the spring of 2019 in Haverhill City Hall. (WHAV News file photograph.)

Princeton Bradford, formerly known as Forest Acres, won permission Tuesday night to add a 34-unit building at the apartment complex off South Main Street.

Haverhill City Councilors voted 8-0 in favor of the new two-story building after hearing no opposition.

One- and two-bedroom apartments would today rent from $1,800 to $2,250, said Andrew M. Chaban, CEO of Princeton Properties. He said the intentional lack of three-bedroom apartments will reduce pressure on the city’s school system.

Engineer Andrea Lothrop from Boston-based Howard Stein Hudson told councilors there will be 19 one-bedroom and 15 two-bedroom units in the building to be sited on a vacant two-and-a-half-acre parcel within the existing complex. There is enough parking for more than 1.5 spaces per unit.

Councilor Melinda E. Barrett was one of the members who praised the project. “It takes all types of housing to make a community—a well-balanced community,” she said.

The 45-year-old apartment complex is in the early stages of a three-year improvement plan that will see the complex’s 49 existing buildings—410 units—and various facilities receives interior and exterior upgrades.

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