More units added to Franklin Street project

Total apartments in development now at 200

Staff photo by Damien Fisher Work continues on the redevelopment of the former mill building on Franklin Street. The developer wants to add more than 30 apartment units to the basement area of the project.

NASHUA – Brady Sullivan Properties is aiming for a bigger mill development project on Franklin Street, with more than 30 apartment units added to the large-scale proposal.

The company, though the corporate entity Lofts 34 LLC, is seeking to amend its original proposal for 168 apartments by adding enough units to bring it to 200 apartments in the project. The developer has worked on renovating the Franklin Street mill property for more than a year.

City Planner Scott McPhie said Monday the company plans to add the new units in what is now the basement of the former mill building. He said the company determined there was enough space in the basement area to work once renovation efforts begin.

“Sometimes you don’t know what you’ve got until you get in there,” McPhie said.

The project lines up with city goals of adding housing to the downtown area to meet demand. Mayor Jim Donchess said in his State of the City address that between the Franklin Street project and the Renaissance project off Bridge Street, Nashua is looking to add 350 housing units, with more in the works in other locations.

The city has already given the go-ahead for the project’s initial 168-unit proposal, and Lofts 34 LLC is going before the Planning Board this week for a site plan review on the amended proposal.

Damien Fisher can be reached at 594-1245, dfisher@nashua

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