These days you can really get a sense of what the new Haverhill Heights development downtown is going to look like when it's done.

Whether you're driving in Bradford and looking across the river or viewing it closer from a downtown vantage point, the newest addition to the area catches your eye.

The first thing to jump into view is its height — it's the tallest building in the area. And as construction continues, the addition of floors is forming a clearer outline of the development.

The 10-story complex, being built next to Haverhill Bank, is being developed by pizza king Sal Lupoli. It will have residential units on upper floors overlooking the river, commercial interests on the first floor and a Northern Essex Community College culinary arts program.

 

Finally — a smooth surface coming

Neighbors along Route 97 toward the New Hampshire line and drivers who use that road have had enough.

They are sick and tired of driving over a surface that has their vehicles rattling and tires getting knocked out of line.

Route 97 has been in poor condition for years, so when the state started arranging to give it a new surface, drivers were thrilled.

Then came the waiting.

This week Mayor James Fiorentini said he had enough. After getting more complaints about the delays, he called the state to inquire.

Workers were back on the job Monday, paving Route 97 near Forest Street.

 

Insider's view

Did you notice the gym that has opened on the first floor of the Harbor Place building?

It's on the Merrimack Street side of the building, so if you're sitting in traffic you get a good view of people working out

The gym couldn't get better advertising — the tall first-floor windows provide a prime view of almost the entire workout area.

 

 

 

 

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