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Nashua planning panel backs waiver of school impact fee for over-55 housing development

Union Leader Correspondent

September 04. 2014 8:38PM

NASHUA — A new housing development for adults over age 55 will soon bring 17 homes into a city neighborhood near Daniel Webster College.

Stinson Park Condominiums has already received approval from the Nashua City Planning Board and the local zoning board to construct 17 units at 65 Pine Hill Rd.

Fifteen of the condos will be single-family detached units, and two of the condos will be partnered as a duplex. All of the new housing will accommodate people 55 years and older, according to J. Bradford Westgate, legal representative for Stinson Park Associates, LLC.

This week Westgate approached the aldermanic Planning and Economic Development Committee seeking to waive the school impact fees associated with the new development.

Based on the city’s land use codes, school impact fees would be nearly $500 for each unit — about $8,500 in all.

Although the developers do not anticipate that any children will be residing within the facility, nearly $2,000 has already been paid to the city for impact fees for units that have since been sold, according to the petition filed by Westgate.

He asked that city officials waive the school impact fees and return the amount already paid to the developer.

Alderman-at-Large Brian McCarthy said that every development for older adults in the city has asked for and has been granted waivers for school impact fees because it is uncommon for school-age children to live there.

“It is probably very reasonable to grant this waiver,” McCarthy told his fellow board members, explaining the new housing will not require any expansion of the city’s school facilities.

While it is best to protect Nashua taxpayers, Alderman-at-Large Dan Moriarty agreed that it would be logical to waive the school impact fees.

“This is not a tax break,” stressed McCarthy, explaining the city benefits greatly by having adequate housing for the 55-plus community.

The committee recommended granting the request on Tuesday.

Three of the single-family detached units at Stinson Park Condominiums have already been sold, and four other units are under agreement, according to the developer’s petition.

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