Hotel, housing in plans for project by Merrimack OutletsBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
January 09. 2018 11:35PM
MERRIMACK — The new development project at the entrance to the Merrimack Premium Outlets, which has now been named Merrimack Park Place, will include a Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott hotel and event center.
According to the site plan recently filed, the project consists of four five-story buildings, one three-story building and a smaller, 2,000-square-foot building. The structures will house not only the 120-room hotel, but also 192 multi-family apartment units, retail space, restaurants and offices. The local planning board will be presented with the official site plan next week; it has been one year since the board granted a conditional use permit for the upscale development project that encompasses more than 370,000 square feet.
“Now we are into the site plan review process,” Tim Thompson, community development director, said on Tuesday.
Town planners will have the first opportunity to view artist renderings of the six buildings proposed for 10 Premium Outlets Blvd.; The Monahan Companies previously acquired the 20-acre parcel for the project.
One of the five-level buildings has retail and restaurant space on the bottom floor, with the hotel occupying the top floors.
The three other five-level buildings offer a combination of retail, restaurant and upper level residential units; 71 apartments will be in one building, 56 units in another building and 65 in another, according to the site plans.
The three-level building provides retail and restaurant space on the bottom floor and office space on the second and third floors.
The smaller, 2,000-square-foot building will be for restaurant and retail use.
“We have no height restrictions in our regulations,” said Thompson.
He added that there are currently no five-story residential buildings located in Merrimack, although more are being considered in separate development projects for the town.
Thompson said he is unaware whether tenants have already been lined up for the retail and restaurant portions of the site.
“This is going to take a couple of hearings,” Thompson said of the site plan review process. Still, he expects the process will not reach the same level of scrutiny that was necessary for the Merrimack Premium Outlets project.
Beth Burns, a resident at 5 Spruce St., is expressing concerns about the town’s water supply and whether it will be sufficient once the new development is completed, noting Merrimack residents are often only permitted to water their lawns every other day because of water issues.
“How is this possibly going to work with this factor? We have had droughts where the town restricted our use of water even more,” Burns wrote in a letter to town planners last week.