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April 11, 2008

New coffee shop will have a historic flavor

LONDONDERRY — The old beams are out of the trailer at the site of a new Starbucks in front of the Apple Tree Mall between Route 102 and Orchard View Drive.

The beams came from the old barn on Buttrick Road when the adjacent farmhouse was demolished to make room for the Elliot Medical Center at Londonderry.

Two years ago, developer Ravenna Investment Associates took down the 19th-century barn after it was saved by Londonderry's Demolition Delay Committee from also being leveled.

"The developer went to great lengths to make sure this old barn could be given some new life again," said Lee Barard of Berard Martel Architects, who drew up the plans for the Starbucks and two other buildings going up at the same site — one a Verizon Wireless Retail Store, and another building that will house KFC and Taco Bell restaurants.

"They are integrating the beams with the new parts and they will all be visible," Barard said. "It will be keeping the heart and soul of the old building. It would be cheaper and faster to do standard construction. The developer should be commended."

Mike D'Amonte, a manager at Ravenna, said the Starbucks will be the first of the three buildings to open, probably in the early summer.

"It won't be your typical Starbucks structure," D'Amonte said. "We're excited to incorporate pieces of historical architecture inside the building."

Town Planner Tim Thompson said the popular chain coffee shop will look great when it's finished.

"The same developer did a similar thing with the Laconia Saving Bank on Route 101 in Bedford," Thompson said. "It is really beautiful."

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