EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


April 12, 2013

Haverhill, property owners plan to lure business

Bring together real estate brokers, merchants needing a home


When it comes to green energy, Pillsbury said one of the most notable examples in the city is the Leewood Building in the Newark Street industrial park off Rosemont Street. Building owner Peter Schwarz talked about the property’s green energy features, which include Haverhill’s largest rooftop solar array.

The $1.5 million array was turned on last summer and provides up to 95 percent of the electrical needs of Swix Sport USA, the building’s largest tenant.

In addition to the 1,166 solar panels stretched out over 54,000 square feet of the roof, Schwarz noted other efficiency upgrades including infrared warehouse heaters, motion sensor warehouse lighting, replacement of all larger windows and low-flow bathroom fixtures.

During a ribbon cutting ceremony held Sept. 13 at the site, Schwarz said he was proud to take his father’s 40-year-old manufacturing building and turn it into one of the region’s most energy-efficient facilities.

Schwarz said he worked with local solar vendors, including Nexamp of North Andover, which installed the system, as well as PanelClaw of North Andover and Solectria Renewables of Lawrence, which were among the project’s suppliers.

At yesterday’s conference, Schwarz talked about available space in his building and future commercial opportunities there. He emphasized the green technologies used in his building.

Pillsbury said the conference was one of many ongoing marketing efforts intended to promote the city as a place to do business.

“A little over a week ago, officials with the state’s office of Housing and Community Development took a bus tour of the city for similar purposes,” he said.

He said the city plans to hold a larger similar event in partnership with the Greater Haverhill Chamber.

“We hope to bring in state officials to describe alternative state resources that are available to assist businesses,” Pillsbury said.

Fiorentini said the city held the conference to give developers the opportunity to not only discuss available properties, but also the opportunity to view them.

“By connecting each piece of the puzzle, there is an opportunity for a project to be developed,” he said. “We know there is tremendous opportunity for growth in Haverhill.”




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