, Derry, New Hampshire

February 7, 2013

Derry officials hear plans for Route 28 growth

By Julie Huss

---- — DERRY — Business continues to boom at Pinkerton Place.

Planning Board members approved preliminary architectural plans for the newest retail building that will be part of the Pinkerton Place complex along Manchester Road.

The building is the fourth in the complex that includes Goodwill, Panera Bread and the Woof Meow Family Pet Center.

Sam Amato of Raymond-based Jewett Construction presented the plans for developer Boomer Wolf LLC.

The 9,000-square-foot building will be located at 19 Manchester Road, off Ashleigh Drive just before the entrance to Walmart.

The plan calls for four to five tenants to take up space in the plaza-style building.

No details on what type of business might open were available.

As officials looked over the details, Town Administrator John Anderson called the back of the building “boring” and said more signs might be needed to let people know what businesses are located there when accessing the site from the rear of the Goodwill and Panera Bread stores.

“Are you going to do anything to the back of the building?” Anderson asked. “It looks pretty boring from this view.”

Other officials said more signs at the rear of the building would be good in case emergency crews had to access a fire or other problem and would need to know what business needed their help.

At a fire last summer at Papa Gino’s in Hood Commons, fire trucks responded to the back of the plaza, but there were no signs to mark each business.

Officials offered input on some changes they might like to see on the plan, including what colors would be used and whether native granite could be incorporated into the building’s facade.

Pinkerton Place has been part of the town’s hopes of bringing more economic development to that part of Manchester Road. A road-widening project was just completed in the area to make travel easier as business grows.