Burke Street project total $48 million

City looks to long term development plan

Telegraph file photo The city of Nashua purchased the facility at 141 Burke St. in 2015. The city is hosting a presentation Monday to update officials on the project.

NASHUA – The plan to renovate the Burke Street property, turning it into the city’s new Department of Public Works center, would cost $48 million, according to a presentation unveiled Monday night.

The city bought the 29-acre property two years ago for a little more than $4 million with an eye toward consolidating all of the DPW operations into one site. According to the blueprints for 141 Burke St., the city would spend a little more than $48 million to renovate the two-story office building, demolish the warehouse on-site and build a new operations center to store vehicles.

It would also host workshops and serve other functions.

Mayor Jim Donchess said given the cost of the project and the other large undertakings the city is considering, phasing in the work makes sense for Nashua.

The first phase for renovating the office building and demolishing the warehouse would cost $12.77 million, while the second phase of building the new operations center would cost $35.31 million.

Donchess wants to see a five- to 10-year plan developed to deal with the Burke Street proposal, as well as the plans for the downtown performing arts center, the Riverwalk development and other projects.

“We want to develop a plan of action that shows what we’re going to do and how we’re going to do it,” Donchess said.

The Burke Street office building would allow Public Works to bring all of the administrative offices into one location and have enough room on the second floor for another tenant.

The Board of Education is considering the possibility of moving the SAU offices to the new site.

There is no formal proposal for paying for the project at this time, though Donchess said the second $35 million phase would wait until some bonds are paid off, giving the city some budget flexibility.

He said that many of the other long-term projects, such as the Riverwalk and the performing arts center, could also be done in phases.

Damien Fisher can be reached at 594-1245, dfisher@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DF.