Brian Leathe's projects
I've lived in Haverhill for 57 years, This area of development has NOTHING to attract anyone to go visit. My banks not there, its highly congestive, limited/no parking. Whats there, Renta center, Goodwill, the welfare office, social services ect.. Until you can create a traffic flow that works, An Anchor store or Business to attract people and Free easy parking. Newburyport, Amesbury, even downtown Ipswich has a purpose and reason to travel there. Haverhill has None. Pentucket Medical has a draw but no ones going to venture over the parking deck. Urban Renewal in the 60's remover the charm and Historic components and left the Trash. I remember going to the Theater and the old city hall, It was beautiful. Now we have a Market Basket and Parking lot.
So what will work, an Educational component like Lowell, maybe. A large company like EBSCO in Ipswich, probably. A river and old buildings like Newburyport, now way, there's no charm, character, or food establishment on that side of the post-office square.
Create attractive housing with a percentage set aside for retail, dig down for parking and bring it under ground, Kind of like umass Amherst does, and create green space above like a park.
I guess you have to look a what works elsewhere and duplicate it. How about housing with a Marina like the Hat Factory in Amesbury.
Thanks for Listening to my opinion.