By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — Residents living in a local manufactured housing community will see improvements in their water system, thanks to a $500,000 community development block grant.
The N.H. Community Development Finance Authority announced the award last week to support the cooperatively owned Centennial Estates housing park on Bypass 28.
The money will go to bring relief to the park’s failing water system and will finance a new reserve well, modernized piping and will ensure clean, safe drinking water to the co-op’s 53 households. Currently, Centennial Estates has only one well for its residents.
Back in January, the Town Council approved the grant application.
The community was established before 1967 and has 157 residents living there. With only a single well, the age of the system is beyond its useful life, according to a report given by town planning director George Sioras.
The system needs serious upgrades and improvements. There are leaking problems and frequent breaks.
“Complete replacement of the distribution system, service connections and providing a back-up well, atmospheric storage and booster pumping is required for the health of the residents,” Sioras’ told councilors in January.
Many Centennial Estates residents attended that meeting and said they are happy to know that help is coming.
Sioras said the town has done similar grants like this in the past, including supporting projects done at Vintage Grace adult-care facility.
Without this funding, the Centennial Estates water project would cost residents a lot of money for residents.
The money coming to Derry is part of an overall $5.27 million award going to 14 New Hampshire municipalities and counties.
Funding traditionally goes toward projects developing affordable housing, public works, and to upgrade failing infrastructure to benefit low- and moderate-income residents in the Granite State.
“There continues to be great demand from New Hampshire communities for projects that benefit the lives of low-to-moderate income individuals,” said Community Development Finance Authority director Kevin Flynn. “Most importantly, they will provide quality housing and improved public services. The impact of the Community Development Block Grant is substantial.”
Earlier this month, councilors approved another Community Development Block Grant application for $12,000 that would, if awarded, support an engineering study of the infrastructure of the Frost Residents Cooperative, a 30-unit manufactured housing community on Rockingham Road.