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Featured Development Site

Harbor Place

Merrimack Street Ventures, LLC, a partnership between two non-profits, The Greater Haverhill Foundation (GHF) and the Planning Office for Urban Affairs (POUA), along with Representative Brian S. Dempsey, (D-Haverhill), Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means is pleased to announce plans for an exciting and transformative new development to be built on the Merrimack River in Haverhill.  To be called Harbor Place, the mixed-use development will reinvigorate the streetscape, create active pedestrian corridors to the river from Merrimack Street, and offer a variety of uses that will significantly enhance the local business district.  Among the properties to be included in the development is the Woolworth Building, which has been vacant for over 40 years, and other nearby parcels.

Phase one of the proposed development will feature a seven story (81,500 sf) commercial building with ground floor retail and river front restaurant space, a mix of commercial uses, and a pedestrian corridor to a new Merrimack River boardwalk and public plaza, all built on a raised development platform that will allow direct access to the river while also providing underground parking.  It is anticipated that an adjacent recreational boat dock facility with ocean access will further enhance this 1 1/2 acre downtown Haverhill waterfront site in the future.

The first phase of the project will bring approximately 150 construction jobs to Haverhill during development.  Once completed, phase one will also provide office and work space for as many as 130 professional and semiprofessional workers.


Harbor Place Site Plan Overview









Featured Community Projects

Bradford Rail Trail

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25% design for the ½ mile -long non-vehicular path to be constructed from land the City bought from the Pan Am Railroad. The site runs from the Basiliere Bridge westward towards the Comeau Bridge along the Merrimack River opposite Downtown Haverhill.

The Bradford Rail Trail offers visitors an opportunity to see a new perspective of Haverhill.

Click below to see the 25% design:

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Broadway Street Reconstruction of Rt. 97 (From Silver Branch Lane to Research Drive):

The project will widen the roadway to provide two 11 foot lanes with 5 foot striped shoulders to accommodate bicycles. Sidewalk will be installed on one side of the roadway. The intersections of Route 97 at Lake Street and at Forest Street will be reconstructed to provide better alignment, turn lanes and crosswalks. Drainage improvements will be included for the entire project length, approximately 0.94 miles.

Project is still in the engineering phase.

Broadway Concept Plan (PDF)

  • City of Haverhill S&P Bond Rating – “AA”
  • Voted 5th best small city to live in Massachusetts – Money Magazine 2014

Economic Development in Haverhill


20150311_131439DID YOU KNOW?  The 2016 Boston Business Journal’s Book of Who’s Who recognized the following fun facts about companies in Haverhill:

 Lighthouse Placement Services LLC was ranked #10 as the Largest Temporary Placement Firm in Massachusetts



  • Renaissance was ranked #7 as The Toughest Golf Course in Massachusetts by the Men’s Course Ratings provided by the United States Golf Association

The City of Haverhill is part of a Historically Underutilized Business Zone, an Economic Target Area, an Economically Distressed Area, has 60 Hilldale Avenue designated as a Priority Development Site [43D Expedited Permitting Site] has a Platinum rating from MassBio, has 2 State Priority Development Areas [Downtown Haverhill and Upper Hilldale], and 2 Regional Priority Development Areas [Lifestyle Center and Ward Hill], is a Gateway City, is part of a Transformative Development Initiative and is designated as a Growth District Initiative.    Haverhill is home to Holy Family Hospital to serve its residents and nearby residents.   It has numerous dining options, with restaurants such as The Roma, Krueger’s/Olivia’s Flatbread, Bistro’s 45, Joseph’s Trattoria, the Tap Brewing Company, Butch’s Uptown, Barking Dog AleHouse, Wang’s Table, Olivia’s, A-1 Deli Incorporated, Essex Street Grille, Benedetti’s Deli, Longhorn Steakhouse, The Grill Next Door, Barrett’s Specialty Foods, Napoli’s Pizza, Carter’s Ice Cream and The Peddler’s Daughter, to name a few.   If you’re looking to eat and watch a movie, try going to Chunky’s Cinema!    Click here for a description of what all these economic business incentives mean for doing business in the City of Haverhill!