NASHUA — The former Corriveau Routhier tile and masonry center along Temple Street has been identified as the future site of potentially 168 apartments.
A proposal to convert the Corriveau Routhier site at 159-161 Temple St. into two large apartment buildings will be reviewed by the Nashua City Planning Board this week.
As part of the project, three existing buildings on the four-acre property would be razed and replaced with two connected multifamily apartment buildings. The nearly 170 apartments will consist of one-bedroom and two-bedroom units that will be available at market rate, according to the plans.
“As a market rate, one- and two-bedroom housing project, this development will work toward the city goals for this type of housing in the downtown. Residential density in this neighborhood will support business in the downtown and in the neighborhood,” said Robert Harbeson of Market Square Architects.
In addition to the proposed 168 apartments — 84 units in each building — the project also includes 252 parking spaces.
One of the buildings will have amenity space along the ground level, while the other building will have ground-floor parking, according to Linda McGhee, deputy planning manager.
“Access to the site will be provided by driveways that intersect the north side of Temple Street and the south side of Bridge Street,” McGhee wrote in a memo to the planning board.
The five-story apartment buildings will abut overgrown train tracks to the east, said McGhee, adding new landscaping and lighting is proposed as part of the development.
“This project will immediately create pedestrian activity in the neighborhood and district, which will support local businesses and future mixed-use development in the district,” states the suitability report on file at Nashua City Hall.
According to Harbeson, the two proposed apartment buildings will fill a gap in structures along Temple Street, and help to connect downtown neighborhoods and spearhead future development in the area.
“The project will transform a vacant and disconnected portion of downtown with residential density that will support downtown businesses,” he said.
The buildings, if approved, are designed to shadow a renovated mill building with a brick-masonry veneer base, said Harbeson.
The developer for the project is ZJBV Properties, LLC.
A traffic analysis has already been conducted and determined that about 73 vehicles will travel in or out of the site during peak afternoon hours, and about 57 vehicles will travel in or out of the parcel during peak morning hours.
“The project will add traffic to adjacent streets, and traffic information is being provided as part of this submission,” said Harbeson. “However, the project also adds connectivity between primary streets via a private way …”
The project will be discussed further at Thursday’s planning board meeting starting at 7 p.m. at Nashua City Hall.