THANK YOU, Ward 1 voters! I appreciate your support and am honored to serve as your city councilor for the next two years. Please remember that I’m here to work for you. Feel free to contact me with concerns or questions.
We have many issues before us that continue to present challenges: expanding the tax base and economic development, homelessness and drug addiction, and providing affordable housing options, to name a few. Progress is often slower than we want, but I believe we will continue to move forward with the help of our talented and dedicated city staff.
Soon you will be able to participate in discussions of the potential for commercial and industrial development at Whitney Road/Exit 17, and the possibility of form-based code zoning implementation in Penacook. I will continue to post information and upcoming meeting dates for you on this web page and social media.
A reminder that volunteers are always needed in our schools, and in our community organizations such as the Penacook Village Association, Penacook Historical Society, and Penacook Community Center. Please consider joining these groups to lend a hand.
LET’S KEEP WORKING TOGETHER to make our community even better.
THANK YOU to everyone who came out to see our POULIN PARK re-dedication, and celebrate our new GAZEBO. We are fortunate to have so many supporters of our community, in and out of City government. Great to have our friends from the American Legion Post 31 lend a hand, and thanks also to the Penacook Village Association for all their efforts. For those who missed the event, check out Concord TV’s video: https://www.facebook.com/ConcordTV/videos/10155656323858745/
Reminder! Concord Planning Board Wednesday Oct 18th @ 7PM
This Wednesday at City Council Chambers (37 Green St.), the Planning Board will accept public testimony on several issues related to Penacook:
- Item 6A – Penacook Community Center is requesting a one year extension of a Major Site Plan approval for construction of a new 40,000 sf community center at 99 Village Street
- Item 6D – Caleb Development Group, for the former Tannery site, requesting Major Site Plan approval for construction of (2) three story multi-family buildings totaling 54 units
- Item 7A – City Council referral pertaining to a request from Interchange Development LLC to modify the conditions of a Covenant, and rezone property off Whitney Road from Urban Commercial (CU) and Industrial (IN) Districts
Please plan to attend, or, send your comments by email in advance of the meeting to Craig Walker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Penacook Community Center
I’m hosting a Ward 1 public meeting Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 PM at the Penacook Community Center (Community Drive) in the gymnasium room (down the stairway to the big room). Topics for discussion include:
- Caleb Group’s proposal for housing at the former Tannery site in Penacook
- Zoning adjustment and relief from city covenants requested by owners of property at Whitney Road, which is scheduled on the Planning Board’s October 18 meeting agenda. For more information, please see the communication and concept plan presented to City Council: CouncilAug14 AgendaItem8
- Merrimack River Greenway Trail/rail trails (about 35% of the proposed trail runs through Penacook Ward 1)
- Should Keno gambling be allowed in Concord (on 11/7 City Election ballot)
- Questions on any other topics are also welcome. At-Large City Councilor and NH State Representative Steve Shurtleff will be on hand as well, to discuss these matters, and state-related issues.
Hope to see you there!
On Friday September 29, 2017 at 11 AM the Penacook Village Association will hold a ribbon cutting and rededication ceremony signifying completion of construction of the new gazebo on Village Street in Poulin Park. Dave Poulin, a City Councilor who died while in office, was responsible for the construction of the original gazebo, which had to be demolished during a recent road construction project.
The new gazebo was built with generous support of local businesses and volunteers, and with many donations from the public. Part of the significance of the ceremony will be to provide thanks, and to officially turn the gazebo over to the City. Mayor Bouley has offered to cut the ribbon, and the American Legion Post 31 will participate by providing flags. Refreshments will be provided by the Penacook Village Association. Hope to see you there!
Link to Facebook Event
Before the original Tannery building collapsed, many of us envisioned mixed-use development of the site, with a grocery store, apartments and shops, to make the village more vibrant like it used to be. We want village residents to be able to walk to buy fresh groceries, go to restaurants, and do other shopping. The recent streetscape improvements make the village more attractive and safer for walking, and a grocery store would be a great addition.
The Penacook Physicians office was built to start the mixed-use concept. As environmental clean-up continued on the remainder of the site, an unusual problem was discovered: buried leather. In the above site plan, the red box on the left is an area of discarded leather that was encapsulated during environmental clean-up. According to City staff, it’s stable enough to build a park on, but not a building or parking lot.
The original Tannery site was just over 6 acres, but the remaining buildable parcel is only 2.5 acres. At the April 25 public meeting, City staff said there has not been much interest in constructing mixed-use development on the site, despite an active marketing campaign. The 2.5 acre lot is too small for even a small supermarket and parking, and the traffic count and population density are too low. They also said developers don’t want to build more shops when there are still vacant shops in the village.
What are your thoughts on these issues?
The City has received a proposal to redevelop the Tannery site. The City Council will be making a decision on this proposal on Monday, May 8, 7PM, after a public hearing. Please let me know what you think about the proposal after you’ve had a chance to review the details.
The developer, Caleb Group, proposes to buy 2.5 acres. The City would keep 1.5 acres along the river for potential future creation of a public park. Caleb Group would build 54 apartments: 40 1-bedroom and 14 2-bedroom. They would be multigenerational, as required by NH Housing, with a preference for seniors. Six units would be market rate rentals, and 48 units would be for low to moderate income families. This is approx. $29,000 – $35,000 for a single person, and $33,000 – $40,000 for a 2-person family. According to Caleb Group, rental rates would be approx.:
1-bedroom: $780 – 940 (vs. market rate of $690 – $920)
2-bedroom: $940 – $1,100 (vs. market rate of $920 – $1,035)
The above is a concept photo, subject to change. For more info, see http://www.concordnh.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1544.
I’ll be posting more info over the next few days. Please share and send me your comments.