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  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    The millyard smokestack, October 24, 2011.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    The millyard smokestack, October 24, 2011.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    The millyard smokestack, October 24, 2011.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    The millyard smokestack, October 24, 2011.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Landmark chimney may need renovations to meet state requirements for Nashua parkway construction

NASHUA – With roadwork for the Broad Street Parkway expected to begin sometime next year, the city has started preparations for the two-lane road.

The parkway will provide a third crossing of the Nashua River and serve as an entry point into the Millyard commercial district. To emphasize the significance of the area, the city intends to use the famed Millyard chimney as an aesthetic gateway.

In April, a contractor removed about 15 feet of brick and mortar from the 180-foot chimney because its top was deteriorating. That represented the first true physical work on the parkway project, which had lagged for decades over funding and land issues.

But now word comes that the chimney might have to be shortened further, to 100-120 feet. Another contractor recently told the city that the chimney doesn’t meet state seismic load or wind requirements.

And even if it is shortened, a waiver would be needed for the chimney to meet those requirements, said a letter Mayor Donnalee Lozeau gave to aldermen.

The city has asked the two contractors involved in the project to review two new possibilities, city engineer Steve Dookran said.

One option is to reinforce the chimney at its original height to meet the requirements, Dookran said. The other option is if there is a cost-efficient way to construct a new chimney to the original height so that it also could meet state requirements, he said.

Also, work will begin soon on demolishing the building that sits alongside the Millyard chimney, the so-called Boiler House, Dookran said. The Boiler House sits in the path of where the parkway will feed into Millyard Technology Park.

Albert McKeon can be reached at 594-5832 or amckeon@nashuatelegraph.com.