Mayor James J. Fiorentini > Press Release
For Immediate Release December 13, 2006
State Approval Puts City in Line for $600,000 Bonus
Mayor James J. Fiorentini today announced that the State has given approval to the City’s downtown smart growth rezoning proposal. This approval puts the City in line for a $600,000 bonus from the State and an additional $3,000 bonus for every unit. To receive the money, the City Council must give final approval to the rezoning.
The smart growth zoning package is called a Chapter 40R Rezoning. It allows for the reuse of upper floors of the old factory buildings which are located within ¼ of a mile near a transit station. The rezoning is part of the state’s policy of encouraging transit oriented development to encourage people to live in old factory buildings near train station.
Transit oriented development and reusing factory buildings have been key goals of the Fiorentini administration. Mayor Fiorentini has made smart growth rezoning a key part of his Economic Redevelopment Plans.
Mayor Fiorentini, noting that the city was one of the first cities in the state to adopt the chapter 40R smart growth rezoning called this “more great news for Haverhill and a major step forward for our urban renaissance:”
“Bringing old factory buildings back to life as urban housing has been a key goal of this administration.
We are proud as a city to be one of the first cities in the state to adopt the Chapter 40R smart growth rezoning.
This new law came about because the City was the very first city in the State to obtain a technical assistance grant of $50,000 to hire a consultant to rewrite our rezoning laws. It also came about because of the great work of our Chapter 40R Zoning Overlay Committee. They spent an entire year working on the zoning package and I commend them for their hard work.
It takes team work to move the City forward. I thank all of the members of the team for their great work.”
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