Haverhill to Hear Plans Thursday for 110,000-Square-Foot Warehouse and Trucking Operation

Site plan for proposed warehouse and trucking operation at 20 Research Drive, Haverhill.

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.

Plans for a 110,000-square-foot distribution and trucking facility in the Broadway industrial park is before the Conservation Commission this Thursday.

The project, proposed by Howland Development of Wilmington on behalf of an as-yet unnamed tenant, would be built on a 20-acre site along Research Drive, off Route 97. An earlier Commission discussion was postponed.

Conservation Commissioners role is to review how Haverhill’s Wetlands ordinance regulates site activities, and members may issue an order of conditions to mitigate any impacts. Rimmer Environmental Consulting of Newbury wrote Aug. 5 that construction of the proposed center is within 50 feet of wetland resources. The developer’s consultant, referring to site plans developed by Hayes Engineering, concludes, “the project does not propose any direct impacts to wetlands and all work is located at least 25-feet from wetland boundaries.”

Besides the warehouse, Howland proposes to install a retaining wall, driveway and truck turnout area on the east side of the proposed building within the 50-foot No Build Zone. In addition, a portion of the western part of the building and retaining wall is proposed within the No Build Zone.

The Conservation Commission meets remotely Thursday, Aug. 20, at 7:15 p.m.

In other public meetings this week:

Wednesday, Aug. 19

Haverhill School Committee Negotiation Team for Teachers and Representatives of the Teachers’ Unit of Haverhill Education Association meets remotely in closed session Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 4 p.m. Discussion centers “impact bargaining” relating to school reopening plans.

Haverhill Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners meets remotely Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 4 p.m. Members will review and consider approval of a handicap ramp improvement project bid of $17,100 for 1 Summer St. The amount represents a base bid of $7,500 plus an alternate with additional scope of work adding $9,600.

Haverhill Board of Appeals meets Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m., room 202 in City Hall, 4 Summer St. Among the agenda items are requests for variances from Francis Bevilacqua to build a single-family home at 0 Edgehill Road; an application from 219 Lincoln Ave. Trust to extend for six months the expiration date on a variance at RiversEdge Plaza, 219 Lincoln Ave.; and request for variances by Laura A. Anderottola Family Trust for to build a single-family home at 0 Haverhill St.

Haverhill Cultural Commission is having a remote meeting Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Members are expected to discuss changes to grant application open and closing dates, budget concerns, possible changes to grantee expectations because of the pandemic, possible advertising money to help spread the word about joining the Council and review ongoing and past grant projects.

Thursday, Aug. 20

Haverhill School Committee Policy Subcommittee meets remotely Thursday, Aug. 20, at 8:30 a.m. to continue discussion on pandemic-specific policies for back-to-school 2020.

Haverhill Public Library Board of Trustees plans to meet remotely Thursday, Aug. 20, at 8:30 a.m. Trustees will discuss, among other items, updates on staffing and website redesign.

Haverhill School Committee will continue “impact bargaining” with the Haverhill Education Association, Thursday, Aug. 20, at 6 p.m., in the Theodore A. Pelosi Jr. City Council Chambers, room 202, Haverhill City Hall, 4 Summer St.

Hill View Montessori School Board of Trustees meets to discuss school reopening plans during a remote meeting, Thursday, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m.

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