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April 12, 2013

Haverhill, property owners plan to lure business

Bring together real estate brokers, merchants needing a home

HAVERHILL — The city became a matchmaker yesterday — business style — and the likely result is one company coming to Haverhill to take over a property here.

The city held a developers conference for property owners to show off their commercial buildings and land to businesses looking for a home.

City officials said Haverhill is open for business, whether it involves retail, research and development, or manufacturing.

Mayor James Fiorentini held the conference at 90 Washington St. to help commercial building and land owners market their properties. The conference, held in partnership with the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, was attended by about 30 people, including commercial real estate brokers, commercial land owners and potential tenants.

William Pillsbury, director of planning and economic development for the city, said the conference resulted in one “very positive and potential match” between a property owner and a tenant.

“We hope this match will result in a new tenancy,” he said, but refused to give details so the property owner and business have a chance to privately work out a deal.

A variety of business properties is available in Haverhill.

They include buildings and land downtown and along the Merrimack River, as well as industrial park land.

Brokers showcasing their properties included Gene O’Neill of Northway Realty. He talked about commercial opportunities in the downtown, including the building at 87 Washington St. which formerly housed the Trattoria Al Forno restaurant. O’Neill said the space is suited to a variety of possible commercial uses.

Lisa Fitzpatrick of Kifor Realty discussed the Burgess Business Center on Essex Street and the variety of different space size options available there for start-up companies or larger businesses.

Steve DeSisto of the Caldwell Banker real estate company said a downtown building at the corner of Wingate and Essex streets offers mixed-use opportunities, with residential space on the upper floors and retail/commercial space on the street level.

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