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Plans delayed for proposed research and development facility in Nashua

Union Leader Correspondent

February 07. 2018 11:09PM
Plans on file at Nashua City Hall depict a proposed research and development facility at Gateway Hills, along with three previously approved flex buildings with lease space. (KIMBERLY HOUGHTON/CORRESPONDENT)

NASHUA — Plans for another research and development facility at the Nashua Technology Park have been delayed, but the developer is making progress on three new flex buildings at the technology park.

More than one year ago, the John J. Flatley Co. approached the Nashua City Planning Board and introduced plans for the construction of a new research and development facility at 100-300 Innovative Way off Exit 1. The project, however, has been continually placed on the planning board agenda and continued each month. It was set to be reviewed by the board next week but has once again been postponed until March 29.

Although the research and development project may be stalled, a city planner said Wednesday that the Flatley Co. is progressing with different plans to construct three office and warehouse buildings on nearby property.

“This site is part of the larger Gateway Hills development, formerly known as Nashua Technology Park,” Scott McPhie, city planner, wrote in a staff report highlighting the separate plans for three buildings. According to the plans, the board previously approved the construction of three single-story, flex-use buildings that will consist of 17 units.

“The 39,300 flex-facility consisting of three buildings is bordered by an existing research and development facility to the south and west, Gateway Hills apartments and a (previously) approved ski slope to the north and Innovative Way to the east,” states the plans on file at City Hall.

Separate property nearby at 100-300 Innovative Way was being considered for the research and development facility inside of the industrial park.

The stalled project includes two separate, two-story research and development buildings of similar size encompassing 255,272 square feet of floor area, according to the plans, which also propose a 10-space parking garage under each of the two buildings and additional parking throughout the complex.

The zoning board granted a special exception to allow the construction of the research and development facility several years ago. But the buildings were never developed, and new requirements are now necessary in order for the project to move forward.

Two months ago, the Flatley Co. received the green light from the Nashua City Planning Board to construct 28 townhouses at Gateway Hills. However, at the time, city planners warned the developer that improvements will need to be made to Spit Brook Road when considering future projects at the technology park, specifically the proposed research and development facility.

“There will be improvements done on Spit Brook Road, which we have designed that have been reviewed by your traffic department,” Kevin Walker from the Flatley Co. said at the time, adding the company is also talking with representatives from the New Hampshire Department of Transportation about the matter.

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