The Architectural Team designs 176,000 s/f mixed-use complex in Haverhill, Mass. known as Harbor Place

Haverhill, MA Like many smaller New England cities in the post-industrial era, Haverhill has faced a complex web of issues affecting its development and growth. The primary challenges have been growing the city’s local economy, an older building stock, and a desire for more activity in its downtown center. In addition, city officials imagined more public access to its most important resource, the Merrimack River. Other related issues include parking, physical barriers to access, and a desire for a greater feeling of safety and attractions downtown.

City officials reached out to the Boston chapter of the Urban Land Institute for fresh ideas, where The Architectural Team partner Mike Binette, AIA, has been a longstanding member. ULI Boston convened a Technical Assistance Panel, or TAP: These experts in the fields of development, urbanism, engineering, landscape architecture, architecture and planning donated their time to review and make recommendations for strategic development, zoning regulations, project feasibility and implementation. The top proposed solutions, Binette says, focused on the riverfront. TAT and the ULI Boston input led to a raft of new ideas for completing the downtown Riverwalk and creating new pedestrian access between its promenade and the downtown.   Click the following link for the entire story: