New Face of Haverhill’s Merrimack Street: Luxury Apartments and ‘Bosa’ Italian Restaurant

When completed, Salvatore N. Lupoli’s 10-story “Heights” project will feature 42 luxury apartments, a new Italian restaurant called “Bosa” and a rooftop bar called “Bar Bosa.” (WHAV News photograph.)

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Developer Salvatore N. Lupoli confirms plans in 2016 for a restaurant along the downtown riverfront boardwalk during Gov. Charlie Baker’s visit. (WHAV News file photograph.)

Merrimack Street in downtown Haverhill hadn’t been known as a residential area for about a century, but that changed in 2017 when 80 largely affordable apartments opened at Harbor Place. Now, another 42 “luxury” units are being marketed at “The Heights” 10-story, mixed-use building.

The one- and two-bedroom apartments at 160 Merrimack St. feature floor-to-ceiling windows, spa-like bathrooms, solid stone countertops, in-home washers and dryers, a fitness center and a terrace option. All but seven units feature a terrace and a view of the Merrimack River.

“The Heights at Haverhill offers a little bit of everything, and we’re so excited to join the bustling scene of downtown Haverhill,” Salvatore N. Lupoli, president and CEO of Lupoli Companies, said in a recent statement.

Besides a fitness center and dog run area for all residents, residents will be able to visit an upscale Italian restaurant named “Bosa” on the first floor and a rooftop bar called “Bar Bosa.” Residents can also expect “room-service style delivery” from Bosa once the restaurant opens early next year.

Depending on the square footage and bed and bath count, pricing starts in the low two thousands and up. One free month is currently being offered with a signed lease.

“Whether residents want to live a vehicle-free lifestyle and take advantage of the convenient public transport or want to commute outside the city to view Massachusetts’ many attractions, the location is ideal for both lifestyles,” Lupoli added.

The roots of The Heights dates back to the fall of 2016 when the Lupoli Companies of Lawrence bid $700,000 to buy the city’s Riverfront Promenade Parking Lot between Haverhill Bank and Rent-A-Center. Shortly after, Gov. Charlie Baker visited the site and announced another $9 million MassWorks grant.

“It’s the right vision, and it’s the right place and it’s the right set of projects and initiatives. We’re enormously proud to be here and be part of this,” the governor said.

Earlier this year, Harbor Place also welcomed a new riverfront restaurant, Barrio. Its owners are Maggie and Dan Osborn of Atkinson, N.H., who began construction last fall inside a 4,000-square-foot space set-aside for dining space at the 2 Merrimack St. commercial building.

A second phase of the Harbor Place project would add a six-story building with 55 units of market rate housing to Merrimack Street. Harbor Place was built through a partnership between the Planning office for Urban Affairs of the Archdiocese and the Greater Haverhill Foundation.

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