Riverfront apartments a go for South Grove Street

Bradford Welding building to be renovated into 40 units

Eagle Tribune | By Peter Francis
March 8, 2017

HAVERHILL — A 40-unit residential complex, the first of what the city hopes are many more developments in Bradford along the Merrimack River, was unanimously approved by the City Council Tuesday night.

Bradford Welding owner James Allen received council approval to redevelop his 1.5-acre property at 2 South Grove St. into five separate buildings, containing four, 10, and 26 one- and two-bedroom apartments.

The first development in the city’s new Waterfront Development District was described to the council by Economic Development Director William Pillsbury as “the epitome of what the city is trying to do with its waterfront.”

In addition, Pillsbury said the city is looking to compose a “mini master plan” for future development and infrastructure improvements in Bradford along the river.

The apartments, presented as the Bradford Apartments, will be rented at market rate. Allen, who resides in Plaistow, New Hampshire with his wife, Debbie, told the council that he will live in the development and find another home for his business elsewhere in the city.

“It’s going to be a three-phase project over the next two years,” said Allen, who said after the meeting that the entire project will likely cost “a couple million dollars” to complete. “It’s not going to cost as much as everyone thinks. We should have the first building done for $100,000.”

Allen was accompanied at the council’s meeting by members of his design team, John Sava of Sava Architects of Newburyport, and Chris Crump of CWC Design of Salisbury.

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