45 townhouses approved in MerrimackBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
August 12. 2018 8:29PM
MERRIMACK — Town planners last week approved the construction of 45 townhouses along the Daniel Webster Highway.
The project is being spearheaded by NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire, and will be built on an eight-acre parcel of land at 315 Daniel Webster Highway.
The planning board granted final site plan approval last week after several amendments were made to the scope of the project and the inclusion of an emergency access road for fire crews.
Originally, NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire intended to construct a total of 65 units. Now, however, the plans include a maximum of 45 units that will be contained within nine townhouse-style buildings with five units each.
The local fire department had requested that a secondary emergency access road be developed for the site.
“This is a directive of the fire department,” Kevin Anderson with Meridian Land Services told the board.
Although fire officials initially requested a different location for the secondary emergency access, an agreement was made to connect the roadway with Daniel Webster Highway.
“I see your secondary access and I don’t particularly like it any more, I guess, than the fire department did, although I guess they are willing to accept it,” said Tom Koenig, town councilor and planning board member.
Koenig raised concerns about motorists mistaking the emergency access road for a driveway into the housing development. Anderson said that signs can be placed notifying motorists that the entryway is for emergency vehicles only.
One neighbor at 329 Daniel Webster Highway, Brandon Arp, said his property abuts the future emergency access road.
“My house is about six feet from the property line,” said Arp, who is concerned about an inadequate buffer between the new roadway and his land.
The parcel where the 45 townhouses will be constructed is currently owned by the Granite YMCA of Manchester.
NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire has transformed neighborhoods by building about 500 housing units throughout the area since its inception in 1992 in response to issues troubling Manchester’s center city neighborhood; NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire’s footprint now includes Manchester, Nashua and nearly 30 other communities.
The group’s mission is to help stabilize towns and cities by providing quality housing services, revitalizing neighborhoods and promoting community pride.