‘Al Forno’ building to get a makeover with retail, restaurants and residences


Eagle-Tribune | By Mike LaBella
April 28, 2017

HAVERHILL — A long-vacant, four-story brick building across from the Garibaldi Club on Washington Street is poised for a major renovation that will bring include a restaurant and apartments intended to serve commuters looking to live in a vibrant, urban setting.

The building once housed Trattoria Al Forno restaurant and is one of the few vacant buildings remaining in the western end of the inner city.

The same development group that last year transformed the former Surplus Office Supply building at 37 Washington St. into JM Lofts hopes to begin similar renovations to the Rugg Building at 87 Washington St., as early as the end of the summer. JM Lofts features market-rate housing and ground-floor commercial space that includes Battle Grounds Coffee Company.

David Traggorth of Traggorth Companies of Boston announced his latest downtown Haverhill enterprise last fall, and now the project’s architect is readying plans for construction.

The plan is for retail and restaurant space on the first floor and 24 apartments on the second, third and fourth floors of the four-story building. The alleys behind and on both sides of the building will also be renovated, and an accessibility ramp with a protective canopy will be installed.

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