DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

May 8, 2014

Londonderry housing plan returns before town

By Julie Huss
jhuss@derrynews.com

---- — LONDONDERRY — A plan to build a 110-unit rental development for those over the age of 55 returned before town officials.

Planning Board members already got an early look at a proposed senior housing project proposed for a property off Route 102 in March.

Last month, it was the Zoning Board’s chance to hear more details and get additional information as the plan requires several variances prior to approval.

The plan discussion had been continued from a previous meeting in March.

The senior development is planned for properties off Route 102 at Button and Golen Drives, and Reed Street.

Attorney Patricia Panciocco and Joselyn Bos, housing director with applicant company Calamar, returned before zoning officials to give details on the plan to build rental units for 55-plus residents on seven lots.

Panciocco said the location is in the town’s Performance Overlay District zone and near Crossroads Mall, medical offices and other businesses making it a prime piece of real estate for this type of development.

“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 the developer wants to use seven of the 20 lots at that address.

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

She said the location would be perfect for senior housing because it’s near stores, offices and other community conveniences.

The units would all be rentals, with one- 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 time frame and all units would be for independent living.

She said this is Calamar’s first New England project. The company is based in Buffalo, N.Y.

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.

Since the plan requires several variances on acreage, number of dwelling units, and other zoning issues, the plan was continued to the meeting May 21.