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Haverhill plans to restore more historic buildings

RODE Architects Inc. of Boston is working alongside developer Traggorth Companies to convert vacant, historic buildings into mixed-use buildings in an effort to revitalize Haverhill’s historic downtown. RODE, which completed the renovation of JM Lofts at 37 Washington St., is now beginning work on 87 Washington, which contains many of the same features. 87 Washington will include a mix of residential apartments on the upper floors with street-level retail space. Both projects were funded through Massachusetts Historic Commission tax credits, with support from the state Department of Housing and Community Development’s Housing Development Incentive Program. Both projects include necessary structural upgrades; replacement of windows with new, historically accurate ones; and repair and replacement of historic brick, stone, and cast-iron facade elements.

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