Amherst approves plan for 28 condos, starter homes
By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
July 21. 2018 12:06AM
— Town planners have given the green light for a developer to build 28 new homes on Hollis Road.
On Wednesday, the Amherst Planning Board approved a site plan and conditional use permit for Ducal Development and the property at 137 Hollis Road, just off Route 122.
“I think that this has been really well designed,” said Sally Wilkins, a planning board member.
According to Kenneth Clinton of Meridian Land Services, eight of the 28 homes will be condominium-style residences for senior citizens, which will be in the front area of the parcel. The remaining 20 units will be starter homes, Clinton told the board.
“We intend to have two villages,” he said of the joint project, which has been approved under the town’s innovative housing ordinance.
The private condominium development will include 20 acres of open space, as well as newly proposed trails that will connect with existing logging trails nearby. Four parking spaces for public use to the new trails have also been included in the plans.
At least one planning board member, Arnold Rosenblatt, questioned whether the board should consider approving 26 units as opposed to the proposed 28 condos that were ultimately adopted.
The houses will be constructed on a former cattle pasture and farmland space. The private development will not require any public infrastructure, Clinton said.
The units will each be different, with the option of one-, two- and three-bedroom residences depending on the leach field accommodations, he explained.
“There is built-in flexibility in doing this,” said Clinton, adding the developer and buyer can work together to customize units to their preference.
A 4-foot pedestrian travel lane will be constructed as part of the new, looped private roadway that will be used to enter and exit the complex, according to Clinton, who envisions the residents utilizing the roadway loop as a walking path.
A private community area for residents will exist in the center of the development, which will include guest parking spaces and a mailbox kiosk.
A separate proposal to construct a larger community area that would be open to the public was eliminated from the plans.NashuaNews@unionleader.com