Keno talk coming to city

Aldermen considering large bonds for new projects.

NASHUA – Keno could be coming to Nashua, and the city is looking at $28.5 million in new bonds for the Burke Street Department of Public Works project and the downtown performing arts center.

The Board of Aldermen will meet Tuesday night with Charles McIntyre of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission to discuss the Keno component of the kindergarten bill signed this year by Gov. Chris Sununu.

While Nashua is undertaking a plan to have full-day kindergarten at all of its schools this fall, the so-called Kenogarten bill could open up new revenues for the city to pay for the educational initiative. McIntyre will discuss with aldermen how the Keno bill could work for the city.

Aldermen also are considering a plan to phase in two major projects, the Burke Street DPW development and the Main Street performing arts center. The plan being presented Tuesday night would be to bond $28.5 million to get both projects started.

The DPW project is estimated to cost $49 million to complete the renovation of the office space and a garage/work center for all city DPW vehicles. The performing arts center project is estimated to cost $15 million to purchase the former Alec’s Shoes site.

Aldermen also will consider a request to spend $36,000 for the city’s contingency fund to obtain an option on the Main Street building to secure the site as the city continues to develop the performing arts center plan.

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