Northern Essex Prepares for January Downtown Culinary Arts and Hospitality Move-In

Salvatore N. Lupoli’s 10-story “The Heights” building is living up to its name. (WHAV News photograph.)

Work is progressing so fast on downtown developer Salvatore N. Lupoli’s 10-story “Heights” mixed-use complex that Northern Essex Community College is planning on moving in during January.

Northern Essex President Lane Glenn, Lupoli and the college’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program Manager Denis Boucher plan a walk-though the Merrimack Street site tomorrow. Two floors are dedicated to Northern Essex’s culinary and hospitality programs.

According to the college, wall studs are in place; plumbing, gas lines and electrical wires are roughed in; and wiring for audiovisual components throughout the space is underway. Next steps include installing the kitchen hood/fire suppression system, drywall and then equipment installation and finishing details. Plans call for classrooms, laboratories and a teaching kitchen.

Last September, Northern Essex hired Exeter, N.H., chef and restaurant manager Boucher. He directed a similar project through Tompkins Cortland Community College in Ithaca, N.Y., called Coltivare.

The complex also includes luxury apartments and a Salvatore’s restaurant.

The college currently offers an associate of science in hospitality management and is planning to offer a culinary arts certificate, likely by the fall of 2020.  The college will also be offering a series of noncredit classes in culinary arts this spring.

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