Ideas wanted to redevelop Derry town lotsBy MELISSA PROULX
Union Leader Correspondent
August 23. 2017 9:46PM
DERRY — The town is accepting proposals for the redevelopment of a vacant town-owned property located near downtown.
The just over 2-acre plot of land is located on Abbott Court and Central Court, about a block away from West Broadway, and consists of four parcels of land. The land is in the downtown Central Business District, which allows for retail, commercial, office and residential uses.
The land is also adjacent to the Derry Rail Trail, and has water and sewer on the site.
Because of the character of that area, developers will be expected to strictly comply with the zoning and development regulations for that part of town.
The hope is that the redevelopment will promote additional, sustainable economic growth for Derry, according to the application packet.
The Central Court parcels — three out of the four in the request for proposal — were once used for fuel and kerosene storage and distribution facilities, such as bulk above ground storage tanks. It’s also had a garage, gasoline pump, and more recently plumbing and heating on it as well.
The buildings have been taken down, though some of the footings still remain.
“Currently all buildings, tanks and associated structures have been removed, and all ongoing costs of monitoring and remediation in the case of development are paid through the Petroleum Reimbursement Fund Program managed by New Hampshire (Department of Environmental Services),” according to the RFP application packet.
Testing hasn’t shown any public health risk from the contaminations on site. One of the Central Court parcels was found to be contaminated by petroleum residue. That site has been cleaned up in the past and the contaminated soil removed.
“Residual petroleum contamination remains in soil at depth along with groundwater contamination that extends onto the other two parcels,” according to the application.
Wells on the site are also monitored for any contamination as well by DES.
Developers will have until Sept. 7 to submit their plans for the plot and the Town Council is expected to discuss it sometime in October.
The full packet explaining application specifications can be found on the town website underneath the “Bids & RFP” tab.