Retail developer makes changes to appease Epping neighborsBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
October 12. 2017 11:14PM
EPPING — A developer planning a new retail project on Route 125 received final planning board approval Thursday night after making changes to address the concerns of some residents who will have to look at the buildings in their neighborhood.
Architects for Ikan Property Advisors made improvements to the rear of the 7,803-square-foot and 6,300-square-foot retail buildings planned near the intersection of Routes 125 and 27 that would be visible to some neighbors on Jannell Court and Acre Street.
Neighbors and some planning board members had voiced concerns at a meeting last month about several issues, including the appearance of the back of the buildings.
Some longtime residents in the neighborhood who now have a Lowe’s home improvement store next door have complained that they’re slowly being squeezed out by Epping’s commercial development boom.
“During the permitting process we’ve learned a lot about how we should accommodate residents in such close proximity to the commercial buildings,” said Jack Murray of Ikan Property Advisors.
To address concerns, Murray said the rear driveway, which would be accessed from Jannell Court, was adjusted so that vehicle lights won’t shine into nearby homes.
Changes were also made to make rooftop air conditioning units less visible and the green and brown colors planned for the front of the buildings are also now going to be used on the back to make them more aesthetically pleasing. Murray said the rear of the building will now be “less drab.”
The project received its first approvals in 2013. The final approval granted Thursday night was for architectural plans.
The site has been cleaned up in preparation for the retail buildings, but the project won’t be moving ahead any time soon.
Murray said they’re still trying to find potential tenants, like a bakery, beauty salon, sporting goods store, and a sub shop.
“We’re busy on a couple of other projects so we need to revisit this one,” he said.