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March 30. 2014 10:04PM

Hearing planned in Nashua on Broad Street School renovations

NASHUA — Residents will have an opportunity this week to weigh in on a proposal to spend more than $12 million on various building improvements to Broad Street Elementary School.

A public hearing will be held on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Nashua City Hall to discuss the proposed renovations, which include major heating, ventilation and air-conditioning work, a new front entrance and access improvements.

A principal bond not to exceed $8,790,250 is being recommended.

“Total cost of this bond, including interest, would be approximately $12,478,460 at 4 percent. The 4 percent bond rate is conservative compared to recent bond sales,” says the proposal. “Current rates at this time are running in the 2.9-3.5 percent range. The cost reflects a level principal payment over 20 years.”

Specific details of the project include reconfiguring motor-vehicle access and parking, and constructing five small exterior additions at 854 square feet each to accommodate mechanical and utility equipment, according to the preliminary plans on file at Nashua City Hall.

A new roof and new windows also will be installed, two classrooms will be updated, 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, 41 new parking spots, new access drive, catch basin and stormwater drainage improvements.

“We need to expand our parking lot,” Principal Christine Breen of Broad Street Elementary School said recently. 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,” Breen said, noting the location and layout for parent and bus drop-offs will be improved significantly.

Alderman-at-Large Brian McCarthy is sponsoring the proposed resolution, which is being co-sponsored by Aldermen Richard Dowd, Lori Wilshire, Mary Ann Melizzi-Golja and Diane Sheehan.

Following the public hearing on Thursday, an aldermanic committee will review the recommendation before the full Board of Aldermen votes on the proposed bond. A two-thirds majority vote is necessary for the bond to be authorized, according to the proposal.

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

khoughton@newstote.com


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