, Derry, New Hampshire


April 17, 2014

Nursing facility may call Londonderry home

LONDONDERRY — A skilled nursing facility may call Grenier Field Road home.

In a preliminary presentation, proponents of a new skilled nursing care facility came before the Planning Board April 9 to give an idea of what type of facility they hope to build at 3 Grenier Field Road.

The property has been vacant for some time and this plan is suitable for the facility, developers say.

Preston Hunter of Eckman Construction said the location is a good one.

“We have been working on a plan for a year and have looked at a number of sites,” he said.

Bronz Peterson, representing the applicant Fundamental Administrative Services, said the land would be perfect for what they hope to do.

“We like the New Hampshire market,” Peterson said.

Fundamental is a Maryland-based company, assisting with the operation of skilled nursing facilities around the country.

He said in order to put a facility like this in New Hampshire, the plan must be approved by the state with a “certificate of need” in hand before building is allowed.

The proposed facility would be a 72,000-square-foot, one-story building, offering 109 beds for both private and semi-private rooms.

The building would have an inner courtyard offering residents a chance to enjoy the outdoors in a safe environment.

This particular property was already approved in past years for other plans that never materialized.

A 43-unit elderly housing complex was once planned and approved for the site.

Civil engineer Steve Keech said it’s time to make the property work.

“We feel we can make this site worthwhile,” he said.

Before any official plan can come before the town, supporters say there are surveys and tests to be done, including how to properly mitigate storm water and how to handle wetlands and landscaping.

Planning Board Chairman Art Rugg said this plan was only a conceptual discussion at this time and no decisions or formal applications have been received.

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