Eagle-Tribune | By Paul Tennant
December 28, 2016
HAVERHILL — A multifamily house described by one city councilor as “one of the nastiest buildings on High Street” is getting a serious makeover.
Attorney Anthony Rossi, who said he owns 150 rental units throughout Massachusetts, including 20 in Lawrence, asked the council Tuesday to amend his special permit so he can construct seven apartments at 12 High St. instead of the five initially approved.
The council approved his request 7-1, with Council Vice President Melinda Barrett casting the sole dissenting vote. City Councilor Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien was absent.
Rossi said the property was in “pretty bad shape” when he bought it. He said he is making a number of improvements, including reconstructing the parking lot.
“I stand by my product,” he said.
City Councilor Thomas Sullivan, who made the motion to amend the permit, said he is pleased Rossi is committed to building “quality residential stock.” Referring to the renewal taking place in Haverhill’s business district, Sullivan told the developer, “The downtown is creeping closer to you.”