See a threat
Pinardville diner owners see development as a threat
Cote’s Diner sits on the corner of Mast Road and Pinard Street, and has been designated as a site for proposed development to establish a new civic space that will become the heart of a new mixed-use neighborhood center and an enhanced gateway to Goffstown.
“In this proposed plan, a public common is taking away all of our parking at the diner, and the common is partially on our land,” said Gwen Cote. “Our home is next door on Laurier Street, and the entire front will be blocked off by this plan. I wouldn’t even have a place to come into my home.”
“After 46 years in business, this is the thank you card we get from the town of Goffstown,” said Daniel Cote.
After Dunkin’ Donuts and other eateries were built on Mast Road, people started going elsewhere to buy pastry, Daniel Cote said, and in 1975, the pastry shop became a coffee shop and diner. The Cotes bought the property in 1985, and expanded the dining room from the adjoining section of what was once Richard’s Pharmacy.
Daniel Cote said the town is also proposing a 28-by-50-foot building on a 50-by-100-foot lot on Laurier Street that will be located between the Cotes’ home and a neighbor’s property.
The proposed Smart Code is also troublesome for the Cotes.
The Cotes have addressed their concerns at Plan Pinardville Ad Hoc Committee meetings and in an Aug. 8 letter to town Planning Director Brian Rose and the committee. The letter was also sent to Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen, state Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, state Rep. John Burt and U.S. Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Ann McLean Kuster.
“There is no requirement on any homeowner, landowner or business,” Rose has said at committee meetings. “There is no taking of people’s property with this plan. This plan will not require them to do anything they don’t want to do.”
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