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Former Nashua dairy farm to be converted into 37 home sites
The 30-acre parcel at 4 Searles Road is the last undeveloped piece of property in southwest Nashua. In addition to the construction of nearly 40 houses, three plots of open-space totaling about 10 acres will be preserved as conservation land as part of the project.
Alderman Daniel Moriarty, Ward 9, compared the loss of the farmland in southwest Nashua to the loss of Parcel F in the city's north end, a 33-acre parcel that is being converted into an 85-unit elderly housing complex known as Hayden Green.
Acknowledging that the land is important, Petropoulos told city planners that the proposal includes significant protection of 10 acres. A different development proposal in the future, he said, could include all of the property.
The site is wooded, with the exception of two fields. In addition to the three parcels of open space being planned, Petropoulos said the applicant, the city and the conservation commission reached a mitigation agreement.
"I don't want to see it ruined," Going said of the dirt and gravel path. "Don't pave it."
According to Petropoulos, paving the bike path was recommended as a 25-year solution because paving would erode much slower than stone dust. He said that no vehicles will be traveling on the paved rail trail, so there should be no runoff into the nearby waterways.
The project, which abuts the existing Meadowview Estates condominium development, was approved by the planning board with several stipulations, including a mandate that the paved rail trail must be tilted away from Salmon Brook to avoid potential runoff.
Gone are the days of rapid growth from the 1960s to the 1990s that drew well-educated young families to the state and helped fuel an economic boom lasting 40 years.READER COMMENTS: 0
NH1 Motorplex would like to reenergize the vacant Shaw's plaza in Merrimack by transforming it into an indoor go-kart venue.READER COMMENTS: 0
Nine projects from eight architectural firms were recognized Friday at the American Institute of Architects New Hampshire Chapter's Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet at LaBelle Winery in Amherst.READER COMMENTS: 0
Budget balancing plan for Health and Human Services will cut nursing home rates by $7 millionREADER COMMENTS: 0
A vacant storefront in downtown Manchester will soon be occupied by ESPN NH Radio, which is leaving its current home in Nashua.READER COMMENTS: 0
After a breakthrough 2013, in which the most New Hampshire homes were sold since 2005, the market barely missed that mark in 2014. But the median price of those sales went up in 2014.READER COMMENTS: 0
The sale of the Saint Patrick Church building in Bennington for $125,000 is close to being finalized.READER COMMENTS: 0
City officials are hoping to lease two vacant parcels on Crown Street while plans to convert the property into a commuter park-and-ride lot have stalled.READER COMMENTS: 0
New Hampshire recovering slower than rest of the country, but should see strong growth this year budget writers told.READER COMMENTS: 0
State budget officials told lawmakers much can change with the fiscal year 2015 budget before it closes June 30.READER COMMENTS: 0
People from communities along the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline want state and federal elected officials to delay the formal approval process.READER COMMENTS: 0
Time has healed some of the wounds, but the cleanup at 46 Mill Pond Road and the rebuilding of the duplex that once stood there has also helped neighbors move forward while keeping the family of...READER COMMENTS: 0
A Londonderry-based company that provides prepared food to corporate, education and other clients is relocating its headquarters to the East Industrial Park in Manchester.READER COMMENTS: 0
Candia-based Tranquility Holdings submitted designs for about 240 storage units to be installed in the 31,000-square-foot building, which housed Manchester's police department until its new building...READER COMMENTS: 0
Gov. Maggie Hassan will ask lawmakers to approve a tax amnesty program to help close a potential budget gap this fiscal year. She also will ask the Legislature to reduce its budget along with the...READER COMMENTS: 0
The proposed housing development has been in the works for about six years, but may soon receive final approval from Merrimack planners.
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Rosaly Bass of Peterborough has been named Gardener of the Year by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire.
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Rosaly Bass of Peterborough has been named Gardener of the Year by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire.READER COMMENTS: 0
At the Planning Board's Thursday public hearing for proposed zoning changes, resident Rob Schaefer argued that the Villa Augustina School property be re-zoned in order to make the property easier to...READER COMMENTS: 0
Following a tour of the Villa Augustina School on Mast Road on Saturday, the Goffstown School Board has decided to not pursue purchasing and renovating the former Catholic school to address growing...READER COMMENTS: 0
Members of the Goffstown School Board, School Administrative Unit 19 Superintendent Brian Balke, and town residents toured the closed Villa Augustina School property on Saturday, hoping to get a...READER COMMENTS: 0
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