HAVERHILL — The city will receive a $1.95 million state grant to help turn the site of an old factory into a sprawling riverfront complex with housing, a public park and retail businesses.
Mayor James Fiorentini said the grant will help pay for traffic improvements and other infrastructure upgrades to help transform the long-vacant Ornsteen Heel factory property on the Bradford side of the Merrimack River.
The project was among this year’s MassWorks grant recipients announced Thursday by Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and state Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy.
Fiorentini said Haverhill has been trying for decades to redevelop the 4.8-acre blighted site located across from the Bradford commuter rail station, having solicited bids from developers four times in the past 20 years.
After competitive bidding this year, the city accepted a proposal from the Procopio Companies, a real estate developer based in Lynnfield, for a project that will create 290 market-rate housing units; 10,000 square feet for retail businesses and restaurants; and 33,000 square feet for new public amenities — including parks, a playground, an amphitheater, a kayak launch, and improved connections to … [FULL ARTICLE]