Manchester police will meet with downtown businesses to talk crime, quality of life
The owner of the 1105 Elm St., restaurant said he plans to attend Thursday morning’s meeting.
Baines said he’s worried about what will happen when Anthem moves downtown into the Bank of America building at the corner of Elm and Bridge and the parking garage goes private until 8 p.m. He’s concerned that diners will have to park farther away and walk a distance to reach restaurants and other businesses. At night, that can be a concern for some.
When bars empty at 1 a.m., he said there’s no police presence; he’s seen a brawl that finally ended, but no police showed up.
He said the results of the survey of businesses were helpful in planning.
“We do use the ideas,” he said. “We’ll meet again.”
Gemma Waite French, a spokesman for the chamber, said there were 110 surveys returned out of 550 distributed. But even without survey results, she said, the chamber is aware of the concerns.
Norri Oberlander, vice president of North End Rentals, is responsible for renting the units in the Pembroke Building Luxury Apartments at 795 Elm St. She said she has seen an improvement in the downtown area in recent months.
But a snatched cell phone or grabbed purse are serious issues to the victims, she said. A year ago, she said she wasn’t happy with police presence.
But that’s changed, she said: “I really have to applaud. They have really rolled out a plan.”