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Haverhill

June 23, 2013

Neighbors sue to stop hotel near community college

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The plaintiffs missed the deadline and were recently given until Wednesday to convince the judge not to dismiss the complaint.

The proposed three-story hotel is to 12 full-time workers and many more part-time positions. It is also expected to generate about $800,000 in fees in property tax for the city over the next decade, the developers said.

City officials said a key part of the project for them is that the developers will pay for Haverhill to bring the city sewer line about a half-mile up Route 110 to the hotel and areas near it. Sewer service is something residents and businesses in that part of the city have wanted for a long time.

“Current businesses in that part of the city have had sewer problems and this will help them,” Stephen Stapinski, who is also the project engineer, told the council at the February hearing.

Councilors praised the hotel project at the hearing.

“It’s a positive sign to have this project at this time, coming out of a recession,” Councilor Michael Hart said. “And it’s an ideal spot.”

Councilor Thomas Sullivan said he lives near the hotel site and that people he has talked in that part of the city are excited about the proposal.

“I really believe in this project,” Councilor Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien said. “I think it’s really going to change that area of the city.”

Lexington by Vantage operates upscale inns and hotels in key cities around the world and is part of Vantage Hospitality Group, the eighth largest hotel company in the world, according to the company’s website. The company has three hotels in New York, but this would be its first in New England.

The hotel would be the third in Haverhill, joining the 126-room Hampton Inn on Bank Road and the 110-room Best Western on Lowell Avenue.

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