HAVERHILL — A 41-year-old Haverhill man was pronounced dead after he was involved in a construction accident at 98 Essex St., a former factory building that is being renovated into apartments.
Carrie Kimball Monahan, spokeswoman for Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, said that at 10:20 a.m., police responded to a call for help to 98 Essex St., where a Haverhill man appeared to have fallen down an elevator shaft. She said the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
An Essex State Police Detective Unit and members of OSHA responded and are investigating, she said.
The man's name was being withheld pending family notification, Kimball Monahan said.
The multistory building (formerly referred to as the Chen Building), is where 62 new units of affordable housing are under development by the Affordable Housing and Services Collaborate, a division of Peabody Properties.
The first floor of 98 Essex St. will be dedicated to commercial space. Project completion is targeted for early summer of 2019, city officials said.
Formerly the home of Shoe and Leather Associates, the 98 Essex building is located within both the L.H. Hamel Leather Company Historic District and the city’s Downtown Smart Growth Overlay District.
Revitalizing the building has long been a priority for city officials in the wake of similar redevelopment initiatives in other vacant factory buildings nearby.