, Derry, New Hampshire

June 13, 2013

Planning officials deny Lenox Road plan

By Julie Huss

---- — DERRY — The answer was the same the second time around.

Proponents of a plan to build a multi-family dwelling at 2 Lenox Road hoped for a second chance after the Planning Board rejected the original plan last month.

An appeal to reconsider brought the plan back before the board at its meeting June 5.

The outcome was the same, with officials saying no to a second look, 6-3.

The plan had too many faults, officials said during the process, including the fact that if approved, the building would be located in a very dense neighborhood and would have a potential of increasing the population there.

Lenox Road is located near Grinnell Elementary School.

Town Administrator John Anderson stressed his opposition to the plan, saying too many people are concerned about high taxes and this plan would add more stress to the schools, costing taxpayers more for education.

"I know how much it costs to educate a kid in Derry, a little over $14,000 a year," Anderson said. "Putting two more housing units on this small lot with a potential of five, six kids at a cost of $70,000, $80,000 a year. Your tax revenue from this new building, on a best-case scenario, could be $10,000."

Anderson reiterated his reasoning why this plan was not good for the town.

"A losing proposition, we don't need to create more density in the town of Derry." he said. "We've got enough already."

Planning Board member Darrell Park said the plan would not serve that area of town well and "would detract from the history, character and integrity of the neighborhood."

Planning Board Chairman David Granese voted to reconsider the plan.

"I think it would have shown good faith for the town if we had voted to reconsider," he said.