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New assisted living facility proposed in Gate City

Union Leader Correspondent

August 12. 2014 12:46AM

NASHUA — A new, 54-unit assisted living facility is being proposed at the former Nim-Cor property on Amherst Street.

This week, the Nashua Zoning Board of Adjustment will review a proposal to construct Bridges At Nashua — a one-story building with three residential wings for assisted living patients.

Nashua RE Holdings, LLC is the owner of the 8.5-acre property near Pennichuck Brook that once was occupied by Nim-Cor, a company that makes air shafts, tubes and cylinders from metal. Nim-Cor closed its Nashua site last year.

If the new facility is approved, plans are for the building to be eventually be demolished to make way for the new housing facility.

“The project is an assisted living community containing 54 units, which will meet the increasing need in the Nashua area for memory care assisted living residential units,” wrote Attorney Gerald Prunier in the application on file at Nashua City Hall.

Zoning officials are being asked to grant a use variance to ND Acquisitions, LLC to allow the proposed 60,000 square feet assisted living facility in a Park Industrial Zone at 575 Amherst St.

The site, which remains vacant, has been on the market for several years, according to the application.

“The property is located in the rear and off Amherst Street, which gives it little visibility. It is perfect for the proposed assisted living use,” states Prunier. “The area in the back is quiet, and the use will not adversely affect the Pennichuck Brook.”

Preliminary plans for the Bridges At Nashua project also include a central office, new landscaping and a recommended 51 parking spaces for staff and visitors. According to the application, residents will not be driving their own vehicles, so traffic to and from the site will be minimal.

The proposed facility would be constructed near Best Ford automobile dealership and Knightsbridge, and existing multi-family development, but will not be highly visible from Amherst Street.

Earlier this year, planning officials approved the expansion of a similar assisted living facility on West Hollis St. A nearly 15,000 square feet addition was authorized at Nashua Crossings, which is owned and operated by Benchmark Senior Living of Wellesley, Mass. That 20-unit wing is intended to serve as an Alzheimer’s unit for senior citizens living with memory impairments and dementia.

The Zoning Board of Adjustment will consider the newly proposed use variance during a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Nashua City Hall, 229 Main St.

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