New Nashua apartments start to take shape

Bridge Street construction underway

Staff photo by Don Himsel Excavators clear earth at the Renaissance Downtown housing project on Bridge Street in Nashua behind the current site of the David Deane Skate Park.

NASHUA – The first of a series of buildings is taking shape along Bridge Street for a combination housing and retail neighborhood.

Construction manager Fulcrum Associates of Amherst has transitioned from sitework to erecting the first of 152 apartments and associated buildings in a long-planned effort to add housing near the center of the city.

Christopher King, Fulcrum’s superintendent for the project, gave an update Monday as the first apartment building started taking form.

“The steel structure, which is basically the parking garage, is up,” he said. “The next step is to pour the slab deck, which will take place on Thursday.”

The garage will have about 40 parking spaces.

“Then it’s straight up with four stories of wood,” King said.

The project officially kicked off in December, but the area, which is a major entry point for traffic flowing into the eastern portion of the city, was long eyed for redevelopment.

The project will feature a combination of apartment homes and retail space on about 26 acres between Bridge Street and the Merrimack River close to the Veterans and Taylor Fall bridges linking Hudson to Nashua.

Work is being coordinated by the development firm Renaissance Downtowns.

Underground utility work has begun as the first of the structures is taking shape.

“Most of the panels for the first floor are already stacked up on the ground over there,” King said, referring to the plastic-shrouded skeleton of the first apartment building to go up. “There’s 96 apartments in that building. That’s a chunk of work.

“The B-building, which is in the back over there, the restaurant, we’re just getting into the underground plumbing and such there. That’ll be ready to go up in another couple of weeks.”

The concrete foundation for the leasing office is in. Underground work is taking place, and that building, too, will begin to rise in a couple of weeks.

Work will continue into the fall.

“It’ll take me a solid seven or eight months to finish out,” King said.

King said he is looking forward to finishing the first three structures and starting the next apartment building, but that has to wait until the skatepark is removed.

Aldermen approved relocating the popular park to Stadium Drive. Excavators will tear up the aging concrete to fit a portion of another apartment building.

“I can do a piece of it,” King said, “but I can’t do the whole thing.”

King said the first apartment building won’t be ready for renters until the end of the year.

Don Himsel can be reached at 594-1249, or @Telegraph_DonH.