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March 18. 2014 8:09PM

Nashua officials to review Broad Street School plans

NASHUA — Proposed improvements to Broad Street Elementary School and the school’s parking lot will be reviewed by city planners this week.

The school, which was constructed in 1962, is seeking site plan approval and a conditional use permit to reconfigure motor vehicle access and parking, and construct five small exterior additions for utility equipment.

“I am hearing that it is going to look beautiful when it is finished,” said Principal Christine Breen. “The final plans haven’t been approved yet, so we are still trying to work through the planning process.”

According to the preliminary plans on file at Nashua City Hall, five single-story additions are being proposed at about 854 square feet each to accommodate mechanical and utility equipment.

“This will not be open space,” said Breen, explaining new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning work will be completed.

A new roof and new windows also will be installed, and two classrooms will be updated, according to Breen.

Concrete mechanical pads will be added next to each of the five small additions, and an extended fire lane will be constructed, according to the plans. A new concrete entrance plaza is being proposed, in addition to a new chain link fence, walkway, parking and access drive.

“We need to expand our parking lot,” said Breen.

She said dismissal times can be tricky because vehicles are often parked on the roadway rather than on school property. One of the goals, she said, is to get more vehicles waiting on school grounds rather than the street.

“We are considering children’s safety first,” she said.

There are currently 68 parking spaces on the school property. Plans include an additional 41 parking spots, with all of the renovations increasing the school grounds by about an acre, although much of that will remain vegetated, according to the plans.

A proposal to improve storm-water drainage on the site with a new catch basin is also being recommended.

Broad Street Elementary School, located at 390 Broad St., is more than 50 years old. Building additions were completed in 1965 and 1990. Approximately 480 students attend the school, which houses 22 classrooms.

Breen said there is no estimated cost for the project because the plans are still preliminary.

The proposal will be reviewed by the planning board on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Nashua City Hall.

khoughton@newstote.com


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