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June 5, 2014

Fordway apartment plan concerns neighbors

DERRY — A proposal to bring a 14-unit apartment complex to Fordway has some nearby residents concerned about water flow and potential flooding.

The Planning Board got a look at the plan for 70 Fordway at a meeting May 21. The three-story building project was presented by Tim Peloquin of Promised Land Survey. He represents property owner Ernestine Kaliontzis and builders Keystone Building LLC.

The complex would be built near the intersection of Fordway and Kendall Pond Road. The rear of the property lies near Pinehurst Drive.

That has some neighbors in the area concerned about what that number of apartment units would do to an already sensitive area when it comes to water, septic issues and flooding.

Between water and added traffic issues, the plan worried some.

Town Councilor Michael Fairbanks lives close to the project on Rose Avenue. He said he was concerned about so many units on that property and how traffic flow would support that.

“I don’t think that lot supports 14 units,” he said. “And what else is on the horizon for this area that we might not know about?”

His wife, Janet, a former town councilor, voiced her own concerns about the plan, noting there were about 15 children living on her street now.

“This is a very busy intersection,” she said.

She also noted that when nearby Bunker Hill Estates was built, she and her neighbors had a lot of water and septic problems.

“The first year Bunker Hill came in, my leach field failed and my neighbors flooded,” she said.

That plan took away many acres of open space that once controlled runoff from storms. She now worries this new complex might add more stress to an area that is sensitive to water problems.

Others shared their water woes.

Debra Beaulieu lives on Pinehurst and said her sump pump is running a lot of the time.

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