Saturday, August 30, 2014
My Account  | Login
Nashua;77.0;http://forecast.weather.gov/images/wtf/small/few.png;2014-08-30 14:14:35
Monday, June 23, 2014

Nature of Things school owners set to expand in southwest Nashua

NASHUA – The owners of a unique private school tucked in Nashua’s pastoral southwest quadrant got the go-ahead last week from the city Planning Board to complete their purchase of roughly 17 additional acres, a third of which they would use to expand the school and the remainder set aside as city conservation land.

Denis and Deb Gleeson, owners of The Nature of Things and its associated Second Nature Academy off Groton Road, will split the $675,000 cost of the property with the city. While the Gleesons will use most of their additional six acres as farmland, while the city gains a roughly 10 1⁄ 2-acre conservation easement that extends to nearby Yudicki Park. ...

Sign up to continue

Print subscriber?    Sign up for Full Access!

Please sign up for as low as 36 cents per day to continue viewing our website.

Digital subscribers receive

  • Unlimited access to all stories from nashuatelegraph.com on your computer, tablet or smart phone.
  • Access nashuatelegraph.com, view our digital edition or use our Full Access apps.
  • Get more information at nashuatelegraph.com/fullaccess
Sign up or Login

NASHUA – The owners of a unique private school tucked in Nashua’s pastoral southwest quadrant got the go-ahead last week from the city Planning Board to complete their purchase of roughly 17 additional acres, a third of which they would use to expand the school and the remainder set aside as city conservation land.

Denis and Deb Gleeson, owners of The Nature of Things and its associated Second Nature Academy off Groton Road, will split the $675,000 cost of the property with the city. While the Gleesons will use most of their additional six acres as farmland, while the city gains a roughly 10 1⁄ 2-acre conservation easement that extends to nearby Yudicki Park.

A remaining parcel of just under one acre will be subdivided and transferred to the city to become part of Yudicky to add to the park’s network of hiking and walking trails.

The approval, granted unanimously by the board after brief discussion, was preceded by Deb Gleeson’s detailed description of the school and its history.

The proposal in April got the blessing of the Conservation Committee. The Gleesons have a tentative closing date at the end of July with the sellers, John E. and Pamela Terrell, according to the resolution.

Longtime Nashua lawyer Gerald Prunier, a fixture at meetings of the Planning and Zoning boards, spoke briefly in support of the Gleesons’ proposal and their school.

“They’ve done a fantastic job with the school and how they’ve developed that area,” Prunier said. “They’re an asset to the City of Nashua.”

Nobody spoke in opposition.

Now that the conditional use permit has been granted, the Gleesons will next come before the board to present their site plans. The matter will likely be taken up in about a month.

The couple founded The Nature of Things in 1997, operating at first out of their house until purchasing a building at the Maplewood Plaza at Buck Meadow and Main Dunstable roads in 2000.

Six years later, the Gleesons purchased 22 acres from Cay Gregg, widow of former Nashua mayor and New Hampshire governor Hugh Gregg. They built a new school complex on about three acres, which includes farmland that plays a significant role in the school’s focus on science, conservation and environmental learning.

With the Gleesons preparing to add grades 7-8 in the coming school year after recently receiving their certification, the additional space will come in handy, as well as allow the expansion of certain programs such as technology and art, they said.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Shalhoup on Twitter
(@Telegraph_DeanS).