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Derry Conservation Commission reviews proposed medical facility

By Ryan Lessard
Union Leader Correspondent

July 10. 2018 8:15PM

DERRY — The Conservation Commission reviewed updated plans for a new medical facility proposed for 11 Tsienneto Road during its meeting Monday night.

The commission decided to hold off voting on the project until more complete plans are presented at the next meeting in two weeks.

The commission did a site walk with project managers in late May after getting preliminary plans. But since then the plans have been altered and board members were expecting more detail than what was presented Monday night.

Representing 11 Tsienneto Road LLC, Chris Nickerson presented the plan to build an 18,000-square-foot surgical, ambulatory and office building for Derry Medical Center, across the street from the company’s existing campus at 14 Tsienneto Road.

Nickerson said they will be subdividing a 6-acre parcel so they can focus on the first phase, which will include the building, and save the second lot for future development that would ultimately be part of a unified campus.

Compared to what commission members saw in May, the new plans show the building moved closer to the street and away from the wetlands in the back.

The wetlands were one of the main areas of concern for commission members, according to the chairman, James Degnan.

Degnan said members had concerns about snow storage and dumpsters in the back, and how those would potentially impact the wetlands. Ultimately, he said, the plans were incomplete.

“What we had asked for was a full set of plans … to review, and hopefully we’ll be able to vote on it at that point,” Degnan said.

Neil Wetherbee, the Town Council’s liaison on the commission, echoed some of those concerns. He said the board probably would have voted to approve the project if it was presented with a more thorough plan.

“We wound up actually with more questions than we had in the first place,” Wetherbee said.

He said he was surprised by how little detail was presented at the meeting.

Town Planning Director George Sioras said the project leaders plan to bring an updated plan before the Technical Review Committee (TRC) on July 20. The Conservation Commission will receive a copy at that time and representatives will return to the next commission meeting in two weeks to discuss and vote on it.

The TRC is a group of knowledgeable town officials set up to help developers create site plans that are better prepared for passage through the governing bodies that need to approve them.

Sioras said developers plan on having a final plan ready for the Planning Board to review in September.

The commission also voted unanimously to approve a project by the Department of Public Works to temporarily dewater a 40-square-foot area around the Hood Pond Dam in order to perform maintenance on a malfunctioning low-level outlet gate.

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