The former Woodmont Orchard's acres of undeveloped land stretch along Interstate 93 and abut the northern edges of Exit 4, seen in the top-left of this photo looking southward in Londonderry. The development planned for the site, known as Woodmont Commons, would be built in stages over the next 20 years. (File Photo Courtesy Steve Young/ImageAbility Inc.)
Access road likely first step for Woodmont Commons
During Wednesday night's Londonderry Planning Board meeting, attorney Ari Pollack spoke on behalf of Pillsbury Realty, Development, LLC owner Mike Kettenbach, who was seated in the audience.
The development agreement was recorded into the Rockingham County Registry of Deeds in late January, according to Pollack.
Once cemetery plans are finalized, the ownership of the land will be transferred to the town's cemetery trustees and a site plan will go before the Planning Board for approval.
Both the old and the new supermarket buildings sit on Kettenbach's property.
Board member Lynn Wiles wondered if anything else would be built in the near future.
Board member Maria Newman expressed concern over the site's existing businesses, noting that the NH state liquor store, as well as the Baldaria Hallmark store are also housed in the former Market Basket building.
Kettenbach said the two tenants of the building have already agreed to relocate to the other side of the plaza, where the new Market Basket store is located, if need be.
Resident Mike Speltz agreed that it's challenging to predict what the future may bring.
"I agree, building the road first might be the best way to go," he told Pollack. "But I would be curious to know, if market conditions allow, what would you be doing first?"