Nashua mill developers plan to add more parking for new apartmentsBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
August 09. 2017 9:11PM
NASHUA — Developers of the large abandoned mill building now being renovated into apartments on Franklin Street have purchased an adjacent property and hope to convert it into a parking lot.
Brady Sullivan Properties of Manchester will approach the Nashua City Planning Board on Thursday seeking a site plan amendment for its Lofts 34 redevelopment project to incorporate the new parking proposal.
The developer is currently transforming the old Nashua Corporation building at 34 Franklin St. into 200 one- and two-bedroom apartments. The mill building is currently vacant, however work has already begun to clean up the 310,000-square-foot facility.
To provide more parking for the Lofts 34 project, Brady Sullivan Properties has acquired the Greeley House lot at 12-14 Front St. — a 1.4-acre parcel that still houses a grand residence built in the early 1800s for a prominent Nashua family, according to Linda Panny, deputy planning manager for the city.
“The existing Greeley House is on the National Historic Registrar, and the applicant is proposing to maintain the existing Greeley House building in its current condition, which is a three-unit residential structure,” Panny wrote the planning board.
A proposal will be considered by the board to construct 53 parking spaces on the Greeley House parcel — to be used by the Lofts 34 project for additional parking during peak times, said Panny.
A retaining wall, new landscaping and lighting would also be added to the lot if city planners approve the parking project.
Renovations to the historic 34 Franklin St. mill building have already begun. Although the project initially included about 169 apartments, the planning board approved the construction of 32 additional apartments earlier this year — for a total of about 200 units.
At the time, the site plan included 214 parking spaces.
“Spreading out any additional parking, if needed, will add increased vitality to the downtown and minimize impacts to the historic properties that have made this project possible,” Panny said in her memo.
According to the plans for Lofts 34, Brady Sullivan is committed to maintaining the history, charm and character of the mill building, utilizing its numerous windows and other unique attributes.
“Views of the Nashua River will be enhanced along the building’s south face, and the existing parking area currently in disrepair will be improved. The historic facade of the building will be preserved, blending the building into the surrounding architectural fabric of the millyard and riverfront west area,” according to the plans, which also state that the new apartments will increase the customer base for retail shops and restaurants along Main and Canal streets.