Merrimack Park Place

CAPTION: Merrimack Park Place, a future project that includes dozens of apartments and a 124-room hotel at the entrance to Merrimack Premium Outlets, is asking town planners for permission to build 32 more apartments at the complex. 

MERRIMACK — Merrimack Park Place, the mixed-use development to be constructed at the entrance to Merrimack Premium Outlets, is seeking permission to build 32 additional apartments.

Developers of the $50 million complex are asking to construct 224 apartments instead of the originally approved 192 apartment units. The project also includes a 124-room Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott hotel and event center, restaurant, retail and office space.

“Consistent with the previous approval, the project is proposed to be implemented in phases,” David Fenstermacher, project manager with Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., wrote in a letter to Tim Thompson, community development director.

The applicant will be approaching the Planning Board next week seeking to amend its original site plan to allow for 224 apartments rather than 192 at 10 Premium Outlets Blvd. There are other proposed changes to the timeline of the project , according to the plans on file at town hall.

“To accommodate amenities for the apartments, the retail and restaurant uses previously located on the first floor of the apartment building have been reallocated on the site and will be constructed during a future phase,” wrote Fenstermacher.

Once complete, the project will consist of six buildings, with four of those structures proposed to be five floors, plus 900 parking spaces.

Aside from the hotel, event center and apartments, Merrimack Park Place will have 42,000 square feet of office space, 16,800 square feet of specialty retail space and 11,000 square feet of restaurant use, according to the revised plans filed at the end of January.

The amended conditional use permit was approved last week by the Planning Board, however the amended site plan will be considered by the same board on Tuesday.

Robert Price, planning and zoning administrator, said in a memo to the Planning Board that the first proposed phase of the project includes the 224 apartments, hotel and event center and some retail, restaurant and office space.

The second phase, according to Price, includes additional office, retail and restaurant space, as well as a 600-space parking structure.

“The model here is kind of a modified version of Portwalk (Place),” Gordon Leedy with VHB said earlier, comparing the Merrimack project with the existing Portsmouth development that includes hotels, restaurants and residences.

Designed with an urban street atmosphere, Merrimack Park Place will be truly unique, said Leedy. “I don’t think there is anything quite like it in New Hampshire, which is pretty exciting,” he said earlier, adding the development will be more modern than Portwalk Place and anything else that has been attempted in the Granite State.