Details of a 290-unit apartment complex called ‘The Beck’ near Bradford Suburban Rail Station will be released Tuesday evening by Haverhill City Council when the agency considers granting a special permit. for the riparian project.
Almost a year ago, Haverhill councilors voted 7-1 to sell the old Ornsteen Heel property, 19 Railroad Ave., with board chair Melinda E. Barrett dissenting and councilor Thomas J. Sullivan abstaining.
Developer Michael Procopio and Lynnfield’s Procopio Company plan to purchase the town’s Ornsteen property for $ 1 million and use it along with the land currently occupied by Skateland and an abandoned gas station lot near the Comeau Bridge . In addition to the apartments, the project includes 6,500 square feet of retail space, including a restaurant with outdoor seating; extension of the river promenade; and a park with amphitheater. The project now covers nearly seven acres.
In details given to city councilors, Procopio plans two five-story wood-frame buildings above, which is described as a steel and concrete, “podium” parking garage. Among the apartments, there are 148 one-bedroom apartments, 91 two-bedroom apartments, 30 studios and 21 one-bedroom apartments with dens. There will be 347 parking spaces – 320 for residential use and 27 for commercial and public park use. Typically, 491 parking spaces would be required, but projects in the city’s waterfront areas are allowed to exceed the usual requirements for parking, housing density and other requirements.
Last November, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said Haverhill would receive a MassWorks grant of $ 1.95 million for the redesign of the intersection of South Elm Street, Blossom Street, Laurel Avenue and Railroad Avenue nearby. Traffic was the main concern when the proposal was first submitted to city council.
Haverhill mayor James J. Fiorentini began talking about the proposal Monday in emails and social media posts. The mayor wrote: “The site is large enough to handle” the number of apartments, improving streets will ease traffic jams and an additional $ 1 million per year in property taxes will help pay for schools. Anticipating objections to the city’s growth rate, Fiorentini says, “Right now we’re growing at half the rate of Methuen and at a slower pace than Lawrence or any other community in the area.”
Haverhill City Council meets online and in person Tuesday evening at 7 a.m. from Theodore A. Pelosi Jr. City Council Chamber at Haverhill Town Hall, 4 Summer St., Haverhill. As a public service, WHAV plans to broadcast the meeting live.