Developer Proposes Six Apartments on Summer Street in Urban Renewal Reversal

Haverhill City Hall. (WHAV News file photograph.)

The public has opportunities to shape policy this week as various Haverhill boards meet. In the interest of transparency in government, WHAV provides this list of upcoming meetings every week.

A partial undoing of the city’s 1960s-era Pentucket Urban Renewal Program is proposed as the Haverhill Board of Appeals meets Wednesday night.

The board hears a proposal from Wash Square Jackson Haverhill of Newburyport to restore housing at 160 Summer St., near Chestnut Street, with six residential units. The building was one of many residences converted to professional offices as the wrecking ball took down blocks of commercial buildings between Main and Mill Streets and between the Merrimack River and Summer Street.

City planners have complained over the years that it has been difficult to promote commercial properties in the city’s central business district because of the residential exceptions allowed as a result of urban renewal.

The property, which currently houses Christiansen and Sergi Engineers, was granted a variance in 1965 to be used for professional offices.

Wash Square Jackson Haverhill is also proposing to build a three-story building with 12 apartments at 0 Jackson St., in the Mount Washington neighborhood.

The board also continues its hearing on a proposal by Bethany Community Service for construction of a new 62-unit apartment building at 100 Water St. Rentals will be available to persons 62 years of age and up.

Other meetings this week.

Monday, Dec. 16

Hillview Montessori Charter Public School’s Finance subcommittee meets at 4 p.m., for an update on monthly finnacials at the school, 75 Foundation Ave., Haverhill.

Tuesday, Dec. 17

MassHire Merrimack Valley Workforce Board’s Planning/Career Center Committee meets at 8 a.m., at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, 1 Griffin Brook Road, Methuen. No meeting agenda was announced.

Board of Assessors meets for its regular, Tuesday meeting from 9-10 a.m., in the Assessor’s office, room 115, Haverhill City Hall.

Haverhill City Council hears a communication from Councilor Melinda E. Barrett to discuss increased traffic backups along South Main Street. Members will also receive an update from Ralph Basiliere of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission and receive a donation from Ted Xenakis of the Haverhill High School class of 1969 for the new park at Mill Brook.

Wednesday, Dec. 18

Pentucket Lake Elementary School Site Council meets to discuss the school improvement plan at 8 a.m., in the school’s conference room, 252 Concord St.

Thursday, Dec. 19

Caleb Dustin Hunking School Site Council meets to establish SMAT goals and develop an action plan at 3 p.m., at the school’s main office conference room, 480 S. Main St.

The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission meets for its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m., at Joseph’s Trattoria, Wine Room, 145 Oxford Ave.

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