Name

MassDevelopment

Location

Haverhill, MA

Joined

4 years, 8 months ago


MassDevelopment Projects

Recent Activity

Noah Koretz from MassDevelopment commented on Haverhill TDI 3 years, 5 months ago
Thanks for the hotel comments- we're trying to attract a downtown hotel, but the economics are difficult. In the meantime we're working to bring several spaces to you soon that will have arts events.
Noah Koretz from MassDevelopment commented on Haverhill TDI 3 years, 5 months ago
Thanks for your comments, Spence. We'll work on trying to provide some more solar infrastructure. Stevens Street is actively being redeveloped, so more or on that front soon. We're also working hard to better the retail mix downtown. If you know of anyone looking to open a store, please get them in touch with me!
Noah Koretz from MassDevelopment commented on Haverhill TDI 3 years, 5 months ago
Thanks Joe. Couldn't agree more. Please check out our current Better Block project and help us create some of this infrastructure you mentioned!
Noah Koretz from MassDevelopment commented on Haverhill TDI 4 years, 1 month ago

Alex, thanks for your comments. The type of atmosphere you desire on Merrimack Street is precisely what we're trying to use our urban design study to set a roadmap for. Thanks for your input and engagement with the process so far.

Noah Koretz from MassDevelopment commented on Haverhill TDI 4 years, 1 month ago

Thanks Maureen- totally agree about entertainment venues- that's something we're working on.

Noah Koretz from MassDevelopment commented on Haverhill TDI 4 years, 3 months ago

Greg, thanks for your comments. A new boardwalk is being constructed along the river as we speak, and we hope to be able to get it extended in the future. I think we need to have new development along the river- these are the best redevelopment parcels in the city and an opportunity for us to bring in new residents and businesses that will improve the economy. We are looking for opportunities to have public spaces as well and public space elements, as well as river access, will be built into new developments.

Noah Koretz from MassDevelopment commented on Haverhill TDI 4 years, 3 months ago

Thanks for your comment. In what part of downtown do you feel there is not enough parking? Our analysis shows you can virtually always find a parking space downtown. As to live music, performance, and visual art, I completely agree, and it's something we've been working on. As we're trying to find a way to make these permanent investments, we have a great series of placemaking events happening over the next few months at Goecke Park on Merrimack Street. Follow "We Have it In Haverhill.." on Facebook for full list of events. I'm also posting flyers for the next two on this page.

Noah Koretz from MassDevelopment commented on Haverhill TDI 4 years, 5 months ago

I love the idea of a skate park downtown and know several places where there are good precedents for attractive skate parks in suitable, accessible locations. We will definitely think about this.

Noah Koretz from MassDevelopment commented on Haverhill TDI 4 years, 5 months ago

Brian, thanks for your input. We've discussed trying to get a small event space and hotel downtown. The economics are tricky, but one thing we've been thinking about is how to create events and programming that will improve the market for a hotel. UMass Lowell's campus in Harbor Place is a critical piece of this. Remember that we're trying to increase pedestrian traffic on the street and help local businesses and create a better pedestrian atmosphere, so it's not ideal to create connections via above-ground walkways. We want to encourage people drawn downtown to walk around on the street, experience the downtown, and patronize local businesses. 

Noah Koretz from MassDevelopment commented on Haverhill TDI 4 years, 7 months ago

Thanks- great ideas.

Noah Koretz from MassDevelopment commented on Haverhill TDI 4 years, 7 months ago

Thanks Joe- great ideas to consider. Public art is something that a lot of people have mentioned and shouldn't be that hard to accomplish- we have a very talented arts community that we should showcase more prominently. Stay tuned for more work on that front.

Noah Koretz from MassDevelopment commented on Haverhill TDI 4 years, 7 months ago

Thanks for your comments, Brian. A lot of good ideas in here. One of the core things that we're working on is creating destinations downtown- as you say, a reason to go there. We're focusing on the 18-hour economy, which would include more people working downtown during the day, more people living downtown at night, and a robust retail sector. Underground parking is extremely expensive to build, and unfortunately the numbers don't seem work right now, even for larger developments. That said, we can still focus on building housing above retail and bringing innovative companies to the city in order to create that dynamic main street feel. We're also looking at how to develop boat slips/dock space to replicate the type of thing that you're talking about in Amesbury.

Noah Koretz from MassDevelopment commented on Haverhill TDI 4 years, 7 months ago

Linda, I agree. I'll make sure that we discuss with the City.