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April 28, 2014

Former Haverhill fish market poised to become a used car lot

HAVERHILL — Years ago it was a used car lot, then it became a seafood market, which closed and was taken over by another seafood market, which also closed.

Now, the property at 251 Winter St. is poised to return to its roots.

When the City Council meets tomorrow it will discuss a request by Gina Tomacchio for a special permit to open a used car lot at the site, on the corner of Winter and Hale streets.

City Councilor William Macek said he expects Tomacchio to submit a plan outlining the layout of the business and showing where and how many vehicles will be parked there, and if Tomacchio plans to operate a garage or office there or both.

“If they plan to have a garage for repairs they’d also need other approvals from various city departments,” Macek said, noting that permits would be needed for such things as the storage of flammable materials. “If it’s just going to be a business office with sales desks, there shouldn’t be any additional concerns.”

Macek said that in this case, a special permit would be needed to convert the lot from use as a retail fish market to a used car lot.

Brick industrial buildings stand behind the mostly empty lot, where the former Pine River Fish Market building still stands. That business opened several years ago but closed last year. Last fall, a local man who was selling seafood from a truck he parked near the Groveland Bridge moved his business into the Pine River building and renamed it Gulf of Maine Fish Market. That business has since closed, leaving the property vacant.

Macek said the lot at 251 Winter St. has seen various uses over the years, but mostly auto-related, including a gas station and car wash.

“The applicant is looking to return the property to its roots,” Macek said. “It’s always been successful as a location for selling cars due to the high traffic count.”

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