Vacant White Street Store Giving Way to New Studio Apartment Building for the Disabled

Architect’s rendering of new 20-unit studio apartment building.

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A developer with a reputation for turning around blighted, inner-city properties is now in the midst of replacing a vacant White Street commercial building with homes for those with developmental disabilities.

Jonathan Cody of Atlantis Investments is constructing 20 studio units on the site of the former Robert Pigeon Electric & Appliances store at 123 White St., near downtown Haverhill. The new building will be occupied by clients of Cambridge-based Vinfen. Tenants will not have automobiles, but six parking spaces will be provided for staff. Excavation of the site began Friday.

“This building, in conjunction with 127 White St. that we just finished, brings us one step closer to the revitalization of White Street,” Cody told WHAV. As WHAV reported last May, the adjacent parcel at the corner of White and Portland Streets is now a seven-bedroom home also for people with developmental disabilities

The new White Street development is similar to Cody’s redevelopment of a 20 Newcomb St. mansion—once used as a former home economics building for students when Haverhill High School occupied what is now City Hall. The Newcomb Street building, also leased to Vinfen, contains 13 studios.

Bevilacqua Builds, operated by Francis J. Bevilacqua III, is responsible for construction.

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