Gateway Building Construction to Start Soon

One of the former tenants, Raina's Hair Color Cafe, will return to the Humphrey/Redington property.


It has been nine months since fire destroyed the original Gateway building at Humphrey and Redington.

The due date for construction to start on the replacement building is any time now, says Jayne Orloff-Carey, whose family owns the property.

She expects contruction to start this month — weather permitting.

The family has all its building approvals in place.

And they satisfied a condition of approval by meeting with a group of parents whose children attend .

Among the parents' concerns was the worry that trucks moving on and off the construction site might endanger Hadley School children.

The elementary school is located right next to the Gateway property.

The property owner said she met with Hadley Principal Sandra Rivers and will keep the principal informed about the construction schedule.

The owners must collect their building permit before shovels go in the ground.

The old building was three stories and included commercial and residential units.

The owners agreed during the approval process before the Swampscott Planning Board to keep their new structure at a single story. To go higher they would need to start the approval process from scratch, the owner said.

The new single-story property will be able to accommodate six businesses of 600 to 800 square feet each, though units could be combined if that is what tenants want, she said earlier.

Most of the owners' former commercial tenants have relocated nearby and plan to stay in their new locations.

One former tenant, however, has committed to returning, Orloff-Carey said.

That is the owner of Raina's Hair Color Cafe.

Morgan Raina will be moving into a space that will be double or triple the size of her former shop, Orloff-Carey said.

Orloff-Carey is seeking secure tenants for the new building. So far the only tenant on board is Raina's.

Gateway building materials will include masonry at the base, lots of glass for ocean views, as well as clapboards and metal.

It will be topped with a cupola.


Justin Mattera December 05, 2011 at 02:24 PM
3 stories to 1? I understand building costs, however it would have been nice to see a similar size building go up. Lots of lost apartment in the upper two floors. Good luck with the construction, I hope all goes smoothly.
Just a parent December 05, 2011 at 07:24 PM
the smaller the building the better
Amy December 06, 2011 at 01:30 AM
Agreed with smaller is better. This would be a good opportunity to revitalize Humphrey into a little gem of a waterfront street, instead of a sad relic of a bygone era.


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