Several multi-family housing projects and single-family housing developments underway throughout Concord promise hundreds of new units that could finally ease the city’s housing shortage by providing more inventory.
City planners say it is the highest number of residential development projects Concord has seen at any given time in more than a decade.
One of the biggest new developments set to start taking shape this building season is on Langdon Avenue, where 192 apartments are planned. The Rail Yards development in the South End will consist of six residential buildings, a clubhouse and two commercial units. Located between South Main Street and the train tracks, the complex will offer affordable apartments split between four larger buildings and two smaller three-storey buildings.
The project has been approved by the Planning Board and developer Dakota Partners has issued a tender for construction of the project, with financing expected to close in late May, said Mark Pillote, vice president of development at Dakota Partners. Pillote said construction will likely take between a year and 18 months.
Meanwhile, the long-awaited sale of the City of Concord’s former job security building is expected to close in the coming months. At Wednesday’s planning committee meeting, the John J. Flatley Company’s application to construct a six-story apartment building with 64 housing units and parking on the first floor was granted and a public hearing was set for April 20. plans calling for the demolition of the existing asbestos-riddled structure and replacing it with a new building, which will be one of the most visible changes in the city.
A workforce housing development near Pembroke Road and Sheep Davis Road received major site plan approval from the Planning Board in December. The complex will consist of three buildings and 123 two-bedroom apartments which will have to be rented below a certain threshold to be appointed “workforce housing” under state law. Developers Brookline Opportunities LLC received a conditional use license that allowed them to forgo commercial development in their plans.
“Currently we are working with our partners at New Hampshire Housing to secure a portion of the funds that will enable construction of the Pembroke Road project,” Jake Tamposi of Brookline Opportunities wrote in an email to Monitor. “We are very excited to begin construction and create much needed additional affordable housing in Concord.”
No date has yet been set for groundbreaking, but Joe Tamposi estimated in December that construction could take between 16 and 20 months.
In Penacook, Caleb Group will add 20 more apartments in an affordable housing complex on the site of the former tannery where 34 apartments opened in 2020. Caleb Group President Debbie Sawyer Nutter said she aims to start construction on the remaining Penacook Landing. units later in the summer. “We’re putting it all together,” Sawyer Nutter said. It will take about a year to build the second phase of apartments along the banks of the Contoocook River.
Nearby, CATCH Neighborhood Housing recently opened 42 affordable units at 95 Village Street in Penacook. Rosemary’s Way has 10 one-bedroom apartments, 23 two-bedroom apartments and nine three-bedroom apartments, and applications are still being accepted for some units.
On the horizon, the city should learn more about the Brady Sullivan Company, which owns the former Department of Transportation buildings off Stickney Avenue and the former Lincoln Financial property, including one of two commercial buildings and 181 acres of land in the center of town. The Stickney Avenue property would be another highly visible project as it would be visible from Interstate 93 and is located in one of the “gateways” to downtown.
Carlos Baia, the city’s deputy director for development, said the city continues to see developer interest in new projects, including conversions and “green” construction, which builds on vacant sites. who have not seen previous structures.
“We anticipate that we will continue to receive housing requests,” Baia said. “I feel pretty positive.”
Public hearings for two single-family housing proposals were also held on Wednesday, a to include 20 units on Shaker Road and another on Abbott Road with 16 single family lots. The Abbott Road project has been approved as long as it meets certain conditions and construction is expected to begin this summer once the parcel is officially subdivided into 0.3 acre lots. The Shaker Road project, which includes single-family homes and duplexes on a common lot in a condominium style, raised concerns about runoff and still needed a review from the city’s conservation commission. This public hearing continued until the next Planning Board meeting on April 20th.
Plans for a massive mixed-use development off I-93 Exit 13 are in their early stages and have yet to be approved by the Planning Board.
For years, the land between Black Hill Road and the Merrimack River was the site of a homeless encampment at the former Concord Drive-In Theatre.
Defenders said many of the people who lived there were moved to other encampments or found new places to camp.
According to plans for the first phase of the project, this 22-acre parcel will eventually house 266 residential units in five buildings and a combined gas station, car wash, sandwich shop and convenience store.
Downtown residents and shoppers will soon see the construction of a new Starbucks restaurant and drive-thru at the end of Pleasant Street.
Brixmor Capital, owner of the Capitol Mall which includes the downtown Market Basket, plans to add a 5,810 square foot chain restaurant called 110 Grill, alongside an 1,800 square foot Xfinity store and a 1,600 square foot Playa Bowls, which sells food featuring tropical ingredients like acai. Brixmor demanded a city waiver to build a drive-thru for the Starbucks, which will occupy 2,411 square feet.
The three buildings facing Storrs Street will be connected by a courtyard with landscaping, walkways and outdoor seating. Brixmor spokeswoman Maria Pace wrote in an email to Monitor this construction is expected to begin in early April, once permits are finalized with the city.
Work also continues at the I-93 exit 17 mall which will include a market cart, New Hampshire liquor store, Wendy’s store and Homegoods store. Market Basket has yet to announce an opening date, but has already begun soliciting applications for store employees.