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Salem Planning Board to hear proposals for two housing projects

Union Leader Correspondent

October 10. 2018 9:34PM

SALEM — Two housing projects will be going before the Planning Board in two separate upcoming meetings.

Town Planner Ross Moldoff said applicant Duston Realty Trust has submitted paperwork to obtain site plan approval for a 23 lot subdivision at the “old Duston Farm” on Duston Road for single-family homes. That project will be heard by the Planning Board on Oct. 23.

Moldoff said DHB Homes is proposing to build a 10-unit senior housing development on Pleasant Street across from the Rockingham Mall. The Planning Board will hear the proposal at its Nov. 13 meeting.

The senior housing project is further along, having presented conceptual plans to the Planning Board at meetings in June and last fall. Developers hope to obtain site plan approval at the November meeting.

Moldoff said the plan is to build separated condominiums for 55 or older residents, which under the senior housing overlay district are allowed at higher densities. The 10 condos will be on a 13-acre parcel.

DBH Homes is also building a 60-unit senior housing project on Lawrence Road.

Additionally, there are projects at various stages of development to create 46 senior housing units on Pond Street, 16 units on Pleasant Street and 18 units on Pelham Road. When combined with existing senior housing, Moldoff said that would bring the town senior housing stock to over 500 units.

“I think there’s big demand for these types of units,” Moldoff said.

The project to build single-family homes on the old Duston Farm property would use one of the last remaining open fields in town.

“There’s not many of those left in Salem,” Moldoff said.

The project would cover the remaining 63 acres of Duston Farm property owned by Duston Realty Trust.

The developers already received approval for a 10-house development on 20 to 25 acres of the old farm land. Moldoff said they’re building a road there now and expects them to file for building permits soon.

“They’re not building any small homes. Typically, these are quite large and quite expensive,” Moldoff said.

The meeting on Oct. 23 is to present conceptual plans to the Planning Board, according to Moldoff.

Both projects have contracted Meisner Brem Corporation for the engineering site work.

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