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Haverhill

January 8, 2014

Hearings scheduled for housing proposals

HAVERHILL — City Council last night scheduled public hearings for two large housing proposals — one for downtown apartments and the other for single-family homes on Scotland Hill Road.

The first project is for a vacant downtown building at 34-47 Washington St. that until last year was home to Surplus Office Supply company.

Dave Traggorth is proposing up to 19 residential units and approximately 4,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor of the building.

City officials said prior housing proposals for the Surplus Office Supply building fell through due to lack of parking for tenants. Parking is no longer a problem due to the proximity of the new Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority parking garage in Railroad Square, however. The developers already have an agreement with the MVRTA to lease spaces for future tenants of the development in the garage, Mayor James Fiorentini said.

Exterior and interior renovations to the building are also part of the project, which requires a special permit from the council to go forward. The council will hold a public hearing on the proposal Feb. 11 before voting.

The second proposal is for 10 single-family homes on Scotland Hill Road by Michael Crowe and George Charest.

The so-called “cluster residential development” proposal needs council approval because the developers want to build the homes on less land than would normally be allowed. A public hearing on the plan is set for March 11.

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