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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Nashua parcel to become 30-lot subdivision targeted toward retirees

NASHUA – A 20-acre parcel in Nashua’s extreme northwest corner that was the subject of a long fight between neighbors and Bishop Guertin High School over plans to build tennis courts and athletic fields will now be the home of a 30-lot subdivision.

The city Planning Board unanimously approved the project Thursday night. The only real discussion concerned plans for a streetlight at the intersection of Farley Road and the subdivision’s new, public road.

Unlike the 2009 dispute over the athletic fields, a debate that lasted six months before Bishop Guertin dropped the idea, this project was not opposed by abutters, including a private home and Nashua Church of Christ, said Richard Raisanen, a Nashua attorney who represented the owners.

It is owned by Nashua Assembly of God Church, and the building plan was presented by NJC Realty Holdings. Neither could be reached for comment Friday.

A partially built church, which isn’t being used, is on the property.

The property, in a sharply angled corner of the city boundary, can be reached only by driving through Hollis.

It has 200 feet of frontage along Farley Road, southwest of the airport and adjacent to large tracks of conservation land owned by the city and by the Audubon Society.

As described at Thursday’s Planning Board meeting, the development will have 30 homes of about 1,500 square feet each, with two or three bedrooms, on lots ranging from a quarter to half an acre.

“It’s targeting older, retired persons … although it’s an not age-restricted development. The way it’s being developed, built, marketed, is to that target,” Raisanen said during the presentation.

“This is a subdivision, not a condominium,” he said, adding that condominiums are “tough to market in this economy.”

The development will have a community water system, built to Pennichuck Water Works standards so that the utility could take it over in the future, and individual septic systems. It includes 8¼ acres of conservation land and a long walking trail.

Back in 2009, BG wanted to build an outdoor athletic facility that would have included up to six tennis courts and four athletic fields, some lit at night.

The idea drew protests from neighbors in Nashua and Hollis about traffic, noise and nighttime lighting in what is probably the most rural area left in Nashua.

The city’s Zoning Board and Planning Board eventually gave the project their approval, drawing threats of lawsuits, but the school never went through with it.

David Brooks can be reached at 594-6531 or