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December 18. 2013 7:57PM

Amherst Street property owner seeks rezoning

NASHUA — The owners of two tracts of real estate on Amherst Street are requesting that their land be rezoned to allow for future retail use.

Mark and Wilfrid Piekarski own two parcels totaling about six acres in the park industrial zone just northeast of Amherst Street.

"The areas abutting my clients' real estate have been rezoned over the years, and individual properties have received variances for retail uses," attorney Gerald Prunier wrote in a letter to the Board of Aldermen. "Rezoning the real estate owned by my clients would help them to orderly develop the real estate for uses that are or will be coming to the Amherst Street area."

On Tuesday, Prunier approached the aldermanic Planning and Economic Development Committee and officially requested that the two properties be rezoned to the general business zone.

"It gives it unity when you go out and try to sell a tract of land," Prunier said of the proposal, noting that the nearby Ford Motor Company site was previously rezoned to general business as well.

Furthermore, he said a portion of the Piekarski's property is already zoned general business. Allowing it to be one consecutive zone will make more sense when trying to sell the property, said Prunier, who did not elaborate on whether a sale was already pending or whether preliminary retail plans are being pursued.

The properties are located between Nimcor Drive and Blackstone Drive where an auto repair shop is currently housed, according to Prunier, noting the shop is operating there under variances.

A public hearing on the recommended zoning change was held Tuesday, although Prunier was the only individual to address the committee.

"The planning board supports the change that is contemplated," Alderman Mike Tabacsko, Ward 5, told his fellow board members.

Tabacsko mentioned the lack of public participation for the hearing, noting Tuesday night's storm could have impacted the meeting's attendance.

"It is pretty noncontroversial," said Tabacsko, who said the proposed change would make the zoning in that area more consistent.

The committee unanimously supported the rezoning initiative.

Still, Tabackso said that any members of the public who may have questions about the rezoning will still have an opportunity to voice their concerns on Monday when the full Board of Aldermen will review and vote on the proposed ordinance. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Nashua City Hall.


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