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Candia land sale expected to be finalized next week

Union Leader Correspondent

October 16. 2017 10:14PM

CANDIA — A land sale agreement is expected to be approved next week after residents had two opportunities to weigh in.

The Board of Selectmen will vote at its Oct. 23 meeting on a land sale agreement between the town and Wildcat Land Development Services, LLC, of Londonderry for the 9.5 acres across from an Irving gas station and a restaurant just off Route 101 at Exit 3.

Selectmen Chair Carleton Robie said he expects the sale to be finalized at that meeting. Selectmen have had three non-public sessions about the sale and have also held two public hearings, as required by state law.

“We’ve covered all our bases,” he said.

All of the comments were made during the Selectmen’s Sept. 25 meeting. Primarily, residents asked about the specifics of the sale, but said they thought the buyers are good business owners and community members, according to the meeting minutes.

Wildcat Land Development Services also owns the land across the street that has an Irving gas station on it and is in the process of excavating that property in order to expand the site.

No one spoke about the sale agreement during the Oct. 9 public hearing, though Selectman Susan Young said she did have people reach out to her about it.

“I’ve had a couple people call me who are very supportive of the whole thing,” she said.

Both the town’s Planning Board and Conservation Commission said they had no comment on the project.

What to do with the land is something officials have been working on for about a decade. In the past, too many conditions were imposed on the land, making it impossible to develop, said Deputy Town Clerk Boyd Chivers during the town deliberative session last February.

Residents at town meeting voted to allow selectmen to sell the land by a vote of 681-174.

The land is in a commercial/light industrial zone. According to the town ordinance, this designation allows for light manufacturing — small scale consumer goods such as food, beverages or home appliances — and small-scale service industries to set up shop in that area.

The purpose of the zone is to help diversify the town’s economic base, according to the zoning ordinance.

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