40 apartments proposed next to river

Project comes as Haverhill pushes development along Merrimack

Eagle Tribune | By Peter Francis
December 6, 2016

HAVERHILL — A developer is proposing a 40-unit residential complex on the banks of the Merrimack River in Bradford.

The proposal involves converting the building that houses the Bradford Welding Company into apartments.

Bradford Welding owner James Allen wants to redevelop his building at 2 S. Grove St. into 26 two-bedroom and 14 one-bedroom units to be rented at market rates.

While the project won’t go before the City Council until February, Allen is presenting the proposal to city departments to gain their approvals in advance of the council hearing.

Located in the city’s Waterfront Development District, the proposed apartments would be the first of their kind in Bradford.

A week after Merrimack Valley restaurateur and developer Salvatore Lupoli of the Sal’s Pizza empire purchased a 3-acre parcel from the city with plans of constructing an 8-to-12 story downtown building with market rate apartments on the top floors, Allen said Monday he is also seeking to build quality housing which young professionals and families can enjoy.

“We have the capability to put in 60 units, but we’re not trying to squeeze out and overburden the neighborhood,” Allen said. “We’re just trying to set up a nice place.”

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