, Derry, New Hampshire

March 20, 2014

Housing plan would serve older residents

By Julie Huss

---- — LONDONDERRY — Housing plans for older citizens are booming these days in town.

After the Planning Board officially signed plans last week for the approved 96-unit Hickory Woods senior housing complex, board members heard another proposal for more housing for that age group.

An early plan for a proposed senior housing development off Route 102 on Button and Golden Drives, and Reed Street, came before officials at a meeting March 12.

Attorney Patricia Panciocco and Joselyn Boss, housing director with applicant company Calamar, presented a preliminary look at a plan to build rental units for 55-plus residents on seven lots off Route 102.

Panciocco said the location is in the town’s Performance Overlay District zone and near Crossroads Mall, medical offices and other businesses.

“This is very attractive land to develop,” Panciocco said.

She said the site was previously approved years ago when a former plan for an “Old Londonderry” shopping, housing and retail complex was in the mix.

That plan never happened and now this plan wants to use seven of the 20 lots at that address.

No development plans for that property has come up since, Panciocco said.

She said the location would be perfect for older housing to settle in near stores, offices and other community conveniences.

The units would all be rentals, with one-bedroom and two-bedroom styles available in the three proposed large buildings. Rents would range from $865 up to $1,500, depending on the size of the apartment.

Boss said there would be an 18-month construction timeframe and all units would be for independent living.

This was just an early look at the plan and no decisions were made. More information will be coming before the board as the plans move forward, including more detailed landscaping designs and potential variances from zoning restrictions.