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Derry officials discuss building decay downtown
The two groups met after the regular council meeting and spent a portion of the approximately two-hour discussion dealing with the downtown area, where some vacant properties stand.
Some of the downtown buildings have sat vacant for years and become potential health hazards, said Planning Board member Jim MacEachern.
In some cases, there are areas of the downtown where portions of a vacant building have already been condemned by the town. He suggested that the town consider crafting an ordinance that could address a property with condemned portions when it reaches a certain ratio.
"You can be firm but fair," MacEachern said.
"Just because it's vacant doesn't necessarily mean it's blighted," Mackey said.
The former Broadway Pets business was mentioned by members of both groups as a property that has been neglected and sat vacant for too long.
"So, there are some limitations of getting stuff done necessarily as quickly as I'd like to," Mackey said.
Mackey said there is enough work now to keep a full-time employee busy.
And rather than limiting meetings to once a year, Councilor Neil Wetherbee suggested the two groups can meet more often during the year if necessary.
Following a lengthy public hearing Wednesday evening, the Londonderry Zoning Board of Adjustment unanimously rejected several variances for a 288-apartment work force housing complex.READER COMMENTS: 0
The New Hampshire Executive Council on Wednesday postponed a vote on property restrictions that would have allowed a Manchester condominium complex to build docks on the Merrimack River.READER COMMENTS: 0
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Tuesday gave final approval to redrawing the zoning map to allow the construction of multi-family residential housing on two parcels on Hackett Hill that had been...READER COMMENTS: 0
Raymond selectmen rescinded a vote to place 145 acres of Flint Hill as a deed restriction and put it in a conservation esement instead.READER COMMENTS: 0
A conflict raging at a Manchester riverfront condominium complex over docks, eagles and missing paperwork is scheduled to be played out in two public forums this month.READER COMMENTS: 0
The Planning Board is considering bringing forward an amendment in March that would limit building heights in the town center to three stories or 45 feet.
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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
Professional decorators share a glimpse of this year's high-end holiday trendsREADER COMMENTS: 0
The Goffstown School Board continued discussions on Monday night about the possibility of purchasing the former Villa Augustina School campus to address growing space needs in the district.READER COMMENTS: 0
A hobby became a passion and a career for the photographers HudnallREADER COMMENTS: 0
A parcel on the north side of the 170-acre property is under agreement for a sale to local developer and restaurant owner Joseph Faro.READER COMMENTS: 0
Decorations help set the tone for most people's holiday experiences, which serves as the backdrop for two very unique and different events — one brand new, the other well into its fourth decade...READER COMMENTS: 0
While driving to school with my daughter, we spotted one of those ancient television sets on the side of the road — the kind that worked not only as an entertainment center in the '60s and '70s...READER COMMENTS: 0
Overseeing Salem's community gardens at Hawkins Farm has come with its share of challenges over the past several years.READER COMMENTS: 0
There will be no second hearing on a variance that would allow a senior housing development to be built on the property of a Pond Street mausoleum.READER COMMENTS: 0
Diane Paul, 52, is a self-taught leather artist whose repertoire includes everything from sleigh bells to stick horses. She does everything by hand — everything.READER COMMENTS: 0
The Planning Board has granted conditional approval of a 16-unit senior housing project off Pleasant Street.READER COMMENTS: 0
The issue came up recently when residents of the Deerfield Street subdivision wrote to selectmen asking for help in getting their road completed.