248 apartments planned for Hollis, Temple streets
NASHUA – As the city’s population continues to increase, so does the demand for transforming former industrial buildings for use as apartment complexes – or just building totally new housing structures.
Plans include two new buildings for the Corriveau Routhier property at 159-161 Temple St., as well a transformation of the former Henry Hanger Co. of America building at 110 E. Hollis St.
Portsmouth-based Market Square Architects is the company planning these projects, which would total 248 new apartments. Robert Harbeson of Market Square said from an urban standpoint, the interconnectivity and pedestrian activity will support a lot of other commercial spaces.
“I think what we see as architects, this overlay district exists in the downtown to, I think, incentivize and create an opportunity for mixed-use and pedestrian-friendly development in that area, and we think these projects meet those goals,” Harbeson said.
Nashua Director of Community Development Sarah Marchant said Market Square is raising the architecture standards with these projects, which fall within the Rail Yard District for downtown.
“These two projects, coupled with the Renaissance Project (the relatively new Riverfront Landing Residences) really start to bring together the long-term vision the city has been working on to help revitalize, and also continue, with the mixed-use character of this neighborhood,” Marchant said.
“We have a neighborhood on the east side that has not seen private investment in many decades, and we also have a housing shortage, so the proposed project would do a lot of things for it,” Mayor Jim Donchess added.
He said these apartments will help to reinvigorate a neighborhood that really needs it. He said the work would bring new residents to downtown, as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in new property tax revenue. Additionally, he said it would improve a site that is an eyesore at this point.
There will also be $80,000 worth of sidewalk improvements.
Donchess said the city also received a grant that is supplemented by a city match to development a $1 million rail trail from Main Street to the Henry Hanger building. The distance between the two locations is about 0.6 miles. That grant was for about $800,000 and the city match is about $200,000.
“The architects who are working on the project have experience, and have done work in Portsmouth, so we’re looking at the potential of a very high-quality project, and really transform the neighborhood for the better,” Donchess said.
Included in The East Hollis Street Area Plan is a project to implement a walking trail from Henry Hanger to downtown without having to drive. Marchant said it would be a paved trail that is 10 feet wide with lighting. That trail would not be under construction until next year, but would add to the accessibility officials hope to offer residents.
The proposed development of the Corriveau Routhier property consists of constructing two connected five-story buildings with associated parking. The two buildings will have 168 apartments, with 84 units in each, consisting of one and two bedroom apartments at market rate.
According to Deputy Planning Manager Linda McGhee, she states in the staff report that building No. 1 is proposed to have amenity space within the ground floor, while building No. 2 is proposed to have ground floor parking. Moreover, the owner/applicant is ZJBV Properties.
The proposal for Henry Hanger is to redevelop the building into an 80-unit multi-family complex, featuring studio, one bedroom and two bedroom units, including amenity spaces. Two existing driveways that intersect the north side of East Hollis Street will provide access to the site.
According to the staff report from McGhee to the Planning Board, she states the project will provide approximately 68 parking spaces with others located adjacent to the building, with the remainder located on an overflow parcel. A remote parking area will be constructed a short distance away on the south side of Temple Street, and a portion of the parcel located at 158 Temple St. will be utilized for overflow parking. The owner/applicant is East Hollis Street Acquisitions.
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