Meeting on land deal draws crowd
NASHUA – Close to 20 people spent their Thursday night on the third floor of City Hall listening to engineers and lawyers talk about a proposed senior citizen development on Concord Street.
Most of the people in the audience appeared to be at the meeting for the Pennichuck Corp. and Southwood Corp. proposal to turn 33 acres on Concord Street near a water treatment plant into a housing project.
But few audience members didn’t get a chance to put in their two cents until after The Telegraph’s deadline.
Two hours into the meeting, one woman got tired of waiting for her turn. Chairman Ken DuFour had to explain that she had to wait until Pennichuck and Southwood officials had fully explained the project.
Resident Daniel Richardson was concerned about the city not requiring a traffic impact study. He said he uses Concord Street daily and expects the development to have a considerable impact.
Pennichuck and Southwood have run into storms of criticism for the sale and development of watershed properties, particularly in the Tinker Road area, in the past.
Mayor Donnalee Lozeau said the proposed development is not part of the Pennichuck watershed, the preservation of which was a primary concern of residents and officials.
However, the Planning Board agenda specifies that parts of the property are within a Water Supply Protection District.
At the outset of the meeting, lawyer Morgan Hollis explained that Pennichuck Water Works Inc., the utility the city is closing in on buying, does not own the land. Pennichuck Corp. does and the sale therefore doesn’t violate any agreements.
Engineer Jim Petropulos said the development would not infringe on the buffer zones established decades ago.
Two multifamily buildings are proposed at the front of the site on Concord Street, one with 48 units, the other with four, according to the city. The remaining units will be 33 detached homes. The project also includes new entrances, streets, lighting and landscaping improvements, along with a small community building.
Lozeau said city officials have known about the proposed development for four years.