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SNHMC seeking new parking lot

NASHUA – Representatives from Southern New Hampshire Medical Center will go before the Planning Board Thursday to discuss a proposal to create a 144-space parking lot near the hospital’s campus downtown.

SNHMC is seeking approval to merge an existing parking lot and an adjoining property at 40 East Otterson Street that once housed a used car dealership and towing company to create the expanded parking area. It would be situated on land measuring about 1.8 acres, bordered by East Otterson Street, Bowers Street and Harbor Avenue. ...

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NASHUA – Representatives from Southern New Hampshire Medical Center will go before the Planning Board Thursday to discuss a proposal to create a 144-space parking lot near the hospital’s campus downtown.

SNHMC is seeking approval to merge an existing parking lot and an adjoining property at 40 East Otterson Street that once housed a used car dealership and towing company to create the expanded parking area. It would be situated on land measuring about 1.8 acres, bordered by East Otterson Street, Bowers Street and Harbor Avenue.

SNHMC will present its plan for the roughly 80,041-square-foot parking lot and associated site improvements to the Planning Board Thursday. If approved, the new lot would become part of the hospital’s main campus.

It would provide vehicle access through two existing curb cuts on Bowers Street. Engineering plans for improved drainage, curbing and sidewalks, as well as some landscaping work and enhanced lighting.

Stormwater runoff would be collected and piped into a “subsurface stormwater management area,” according to a report from the city’s Planning Department. Although the new parking lot would increase the amount of paved area on the two parcels, it’s expected to decrease the amount of stormwater runoff because of enhanced storage and infiltration capabilities.

The hospital is seeking a single waiver from the city’s planning regulations for certain landscaping work. The Planning Board will discuss the proposal during its meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium on the third floor of Nashua City Hall.

SNHMC is a 188-bed acute care facility. It has a medical staff of more than 500 primary and specialty care providers from Foundation Medical Partners, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua and local independent practices, according to the hospital’s website. SNHMC also is a clinical affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Jim Haddadin can be reached at 594-6589 or jhaddadin@nashua
telegraph.com. Also, follow Haddadin on Twitter (@Telegraph_JimH).