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July 29, 2013

Company rethinks demolition

Windover Development to look at ways to save former hotel near Beverly depot

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The union has been battling Windover over the company’s use of out-of-state workers on its projects. Steve Falvey, a union representative, said Windover should not benefit from state tax breaks while using workers from outside of Massachusetts.

“We think subsidizing what they do and the way they do it is wrong for Beverly and wrong for Massachusetts taxpayers,” Falvey said. “We don’t think (Windover CEO) Steve Dodge deserves his own historic district.”

Dellicker said there is no law against using out-of-state workers.

“We put these projects out to bid to get the best price for taxpayers,” he said. “They have to be registered in Massachusetts, and they have to play by the rules.”

By getting the area around the depot listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Windover would be eligible for state and federal historic preservation tax credits for its recently completed project at 60 Pleasant St., where the company renovated a former box factory into housing for homeless military veterans.

The tax credits would be in the amount of $1.1 million, according to the Massachusetts Historical Commission. That would be in addition to $2.7 million in state and federal housing subsidies and tax credits Windover was awarded last year. The estimated total cost of the project is $7.4 million.

At the same time, the area’s inclusion on the national register would not prevent the company from knocking down the Trafton and Cushing buildings. The Hotel Trafton, at 9 Park St., was most recently used as a rooming house for veterans and also housed the Press Box barroom for a number of years. Cushing’s Carriage, at 142 Rantoul St., is still being used as an office for Sullivan Chiropractic.

Windover wants to knock down both buildings and construct a building with about 75 apartments, with retail space on the first floor and parking under the building. The Beverly Historical Commission imposed a one-year delay on their demolition in January, but Windover is free to knock them down when the term expires.

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