“Dan Healey and Rick Bartley’s developments count on us getting the DPW out, get that all cleaned up and get the park in there,” Fahey said.
Healey is the owner of Carriage Mills on Water Street, and his plan is to expand his property by building premium office space that could attract new businesses to Amesbury. Bartley, who owns Bartley Machine Co. in the Lower Millyard, is planning on selling his 8 ½ acre property to a developer in order to build new residential and commercial properties.
Fahey said Bartley has a couple of interested buyers who have been into City Hall to discuss their plans with Fahey’s office. He said the developers are all looking three or four years down the road and the city moving forward on its plans will be key for them to make a commitment.
“They don’t want to move until they know the city is moving on the stuff we have to do,” Fahey said. “They want to know what our schedule is for getting our public improvements done, because those have to be in place before they can move forward on their projects.”
Looking ahead, the total cost of the Heritage Park project is expected to come out to about $1.5 million, Fahey said, although he expects a good portion of that will ultimately be paid for with state funds.
In addition to the PARC grant, Fahey said the city also has a signed agreement with the state that will bring in $250,000 to build the planned canoe and kayak launch on the Powow River. There are also ongoing discussions with the state’s Brownfield task force that Fahey hopes will lead to an additional $400,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to decontaminate the soil in the area.
Fahey acknowledged that some of the funds will have to come locally, and in most cases the state wants to see some sort of match from the communities before they award a grant.