, Derry, New Hampshire


April 17, 2014

New plan emerges for Lenox Road property

DERRY — A local residential property may get new life.

Developers came before the Planning Board recently with a new plan for a lot at 22 Lenox Road.

After the board rejected a plan last year to put a two-family unit on the property, a new idea is now before the group.

It’s a new plan for a property that not only did not fare well with town officials, but also brought legal action against the town following the Planning Board’s denial.

The court decided in Derry’s favor and developers are back with an updated version of a development plan to bring added housing to the property.

There is a 100-year-old home on the site that would be incorporated into the new plan, still in its earliest stages, developers said.

When the first plan was rejected last year, officials gave several reasons for their denial, including historical integrity and added stress on town services and the school system.

Engineer Tim Winings of TJW Survey presented a new take on what a development plan could look like.

The property falls within the town’s Medium High Density Residential zone.

“We want to get your interest and feedback before we make the formal application,” Winings said.

The new plan connects the existing house and garage and a new building planned for the rear of the site into an L-shaped structure.

Winings said developers looked at all input and information from the previous Planning Board decision.

“This proposal would require no waivers and we believe it firmly complies with zoning regulations,” he said.

Planning Board Chairman David Granese ask what, if any, differences were in the new plan.

“It’s technically a single structure,” Winings said.

Granese still wasn’t sure he would endorse a new plan.

“I was on the board before and I still don’t agree with it,” he said. “That’s why I’m asking questions now.”

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