Saint Anselm College plans new on-campus dormitoryBy SUSAN CLARK
Union Leader Correspondent
July 22. 2013 6:36PM
GOFFSTOWN — Saint Anselm College is proposing a new 47,860-square-foot on-campus dormitory to house 150 students.
The proposal calls for a three-story dormitory with a basement to be built at the lower entrance to the campus behind Brady Hall, and on the corner of St. Anselm’s Drive and Rundlett Hill Road. The building would be set back about 115 feet from St. Anselm’s Drive and 80 feet from Rundlett Hill Road. The building would be located in Goffstown’s residential zone.
The Planning Board will review the plan and application for a conditional-use permit at its meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m.
The college initially received approval to build the dormitory in October 2008, but because of the market downturn the college decided to put the plan on hold, said Brian Rose, Goffstown planning director.
Since 2008, the town’s zoning laws have changed and the college now needs a conditional use permit allowing for a building of more than 5,000 square feet in a residential zone.
“It doesn’t make sense to hold them to the 5,000-square-foot requirement,” Rose said. “The Planning Board can grant more square footage for a conditional use permit. The building will have a 13,000 footprint.”
According to Rose, the dormitory plan is not considered to have regional impact because it will not generate traffic, and the college is not looking to increase enrollment.
“I’m recommending there is no regional impact. They’re assuming it will not bring in additional vehicles to the campus. They want to add seven parking spaces at the building, two for handicap and the others for drop off, and people to run in to do errands,” Rose said.
The college’s enrollment stands at about 2,000 students, and the campus provides about 2,000 parking spaces; about 1,750 spaces are needed to service the college.
Jeff Kevan of TF Moran said parking will not be an issue.
“The way I look at it, the more people living on campus, the less traffic on the road,” Kevan said.
Kevan said the proposed three-story brick building would blend in with the existing campus.
“Their architecture is pretty consistent on campus. It’s top notch,” he said.
The college held a ground-breaking ceremony for the new dormitory on July 10. According to the college’s website, the new residence hall is expected to be ready for occupancy in fall 2014 and “will be an innovative living-learning community that extends the college’s efforts to integrate academic and residential life.” It will be organized into neighborhood suites, with single-, double-, and triple-bed rooms, common areas and additional study space.
College officials could not be reached for comment.
The Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. in the Mildred Stark Room at Goffstown Town Hall, 16 Main St.