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Commercial complexes planned in Danville

PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2010 8:12 am
by curt
May 28, 2010
Commercial complexes planned in Danville

By Bryan Deyermond

DANVILLE — In 15 years, Planning Board Chairman Barry Hantman said he's never seen two commercial applications in front of the board on the same night.

That changed yesterday when a group of developers unveiled proposals for a 256,000-square-foot retirement community and a 50,000-square-foot shopping plaza expected to cost $100 million and bring more than 250 construction jobs and 225 service jobs.

The retirement community, called The Royal Crest of Danville, would be built along Route 111 on the south side of town. An intersection and access road to the property would be constructed off Huntington Hill Road.

Royal Crest, designed for residents age 55 and older, would feature 200 independent living units, 40 assisted-living units and a 54-bed health care facility. A pub, billiards hall, travel agency, ice cream parlor and other amenities would be offered exclusively to the residents. The facility would also be operated using eco-friendly technology, such as solar power and geo-thermal energy.

A second, smaller building would feature a medical clinic, doctor's offices and other health services available to the public.

The second proposal calls for the development of Crown Plaza shopping complex at an 11-acre site on the opposite side of Huntington Hill Road. The plans call for restaurants, gas stations and other businesses, with nearly 500 jobs created in Danville - a town with a population of about 4,300 people.

Arthur Pappas, marketing director for Ozzir Properties, said the town would benefit from the new jobs.

"I thought the presentation was well received," Pappas said of the board. "It sounds like the town needs community development."

Board members were impressed with the presentation, but did have concerns about wetlands, increased traffic and and zoning issues.

Royal Crest would be considered the tallest building in town, which does have height restrictions. But Hantman said the project was proposed for an area zoned for commercial development.

"This was the type of thing we were hoping would be proposed," he said.

Selectman Joe Luna said he was pleased by the presentation and hoped the public would participate in the next phase of the project. There were no residents in the audience at last night's meeting.

"I'm not opposed to the proposed use of the land," Luna said. "We still need to make the determination that this is the appropriate use for that site."

A design review meeting is scheduled for June 10, when abutters and other residents will have the opportunity to review the plans and offer their input. Pappas said any concerns from residents would be addressed at that meeting.

Re: Commercial complexes planned in Danville

PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2010 11:45 am
by SBinRockrimmon
Sounds like great news to me. I have to think such business would really help out on the tax burden in Danville. There is no point in having a portion of town zoned for commercial business if it's not going to be used.

Re: Commercial complexes planned in Danville

PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2010 5:59 pm
by safety frog
Access would by off Kingston Road? North of route 111?

Re: Commercial complexes planned in Danville

PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2010 9:54 pm
by SBinRockrimmon
Can the two duplicate threads be merged?

Re: Commercial complexes planned in Danville

PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 12:06 am
by curt
SBinRockrimmon wrote:Can the two duplicate threads be merged?


Re: Commercial complexes planned in Danville

PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 12:20 am
by shawn_oneil
We need to be aware of the additional services that are required to support such an undertaking. Fire and Police are top and center. I can envision more of a demand on our all volunteer force for fire. Setups like the one being proposed have multiple calls per day for a variety of reasons. We will need to lay out all of the type of issues as well to all the perks.

Re: Commercial complexes planned in Danville

PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 12:36 am
by curt
55+ developments are good for the local tax rate in terms of school costs, but not good for NH. We are a graying state and we need more young adults even though paradoxically we see young families as detrimental to our local tax rates.

We added one unit of 55+ housing in the past year at 228 Sandown Road. :-)

Re: Commercial complexes planned in Danville

PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 6:28 pm
by Emmanuel Fardella
Curt, younger families are not "detrimental" to the tax burden of NH resident's. If anything, the younger people are the ones to keep NH going in the future. The tax problem became an issue years ago because of our elected state legislative officials and lack of growth opportunity in the small towns. Our state govt thinks that the property tax is the only way to fund things in NH. They fear a small sales tax, despise income tax and keep voting down state controlled gambling, a great way to fund public education. I despise an income tax, but I would support a small sales tax or gambling. But that's me. The problem is convincing the "old timers in Concord" to change their ways in order to lighten the property tax burden for everyone else. I think this proposed possibility of these businesses is a good start to putting Danville on the map as far as business and industry goes, as long as everything is done properly and the effects of these businesses are looked at as a whole....... i.e increased police & fire services and the town can accomodate. I would always welcome economic growth in our small town.

Danville residents comment on $100M project

PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:15 am
by curt
June 11, 2010
Danville residents comment on $100M project

By Bryan Deyermond

DANVILLE — Residents expressed concern about traffic and the potential impact on surrounding properties as they received their first chance to comment last night on plans for a $100 million retirement community and shopping plaza.

The proposal calls for the construction of Royal Crest of Danville - a 256,000-square-foot continuing care facility - and a 50,000-square-foot shopping plaza and gas station near the intersection of Frye Road and Route 111.

About a half-dozen residents addressed the Planning Board during last night's two-hour meeting at Town Hall, with some worried about increased traffic and other impacts the project would have on their properties.

Chris Giordano of 41 Frye Road said he liked the concept, and has fought to get commercial development in that part of Danville. But with new businesses and a retirement community in town, Giordano raised concerns about more vehicles using Frye Road.

"There's no way the road will handle that traffic," he said.

Residents and board members created a list of more than 60 items the developer, Ozzir Properties, would have to evaluate before applying for final design approval.

Julie Sorensen of 15 Casie Lane questioned the project's potential effect on wells and aquifers. She was also concerned about the impact that blasting would have on her property.

"I have horses close to the edge of my property, and I think you need to know that," Sorensen said.

Planning Board members also voiced their concerns, posing questions on the project's potential impact on the town's emergency services and the effect on wetlands and the water supply.

Representatives for Ozzir Properties said they are negotiating with the Hampstead Area Water Company and discussing possible affiliations with local hospitals in regard to building clinics and doctor's offices.

Board Chairman Barry Hantman said it would likely take several months and meetings before the board would vote on Ozzir's application.

The developer's design team agreed to appear before the board again at its first meeting in August. Project representative Steve Cummings said they may be ready to present their formal application at that time. Plans for the retirement community and plaza were unveiled at the board's last meeting May 27.

Developer submits plans for big project in Danville

PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 2010 7:52 pm
by curt
November 7, 2010
Developer submits plans for big project in Danville

By Doug Ireland

The Eagle Tribune Sun Nov 07, 2010, 12:04 AM EDT

DANVILLE — Months after unveiling a proposal for a $100 million retirement community and shopping plaza, the developer has finally filed applications for the project with the town.

Arthur Pappas, marketing representative for Ozzir Properties, said his company is continuing to move forward with plans for a 256,000-square-foot continuing care facility and a 50,000-square-foot plaza to be built off Route 111. The two applications were filed Oct. 28, he said.

"That is going forward and we are now in the planning process," he said.

Pappas has said his company needed to resolve various issues before filing the applications. One issue was whether the continuing care facility was appropriate for the town's commercial zone, he said. If not, Ozzir would have to go before the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

The Planning Board reviewed the matter and found the use was OK, according to Chairman Barry Hantman.

"The board determined it was in conformance with zoning," he said.

Board members visited the site two days later and will review the project at its next meeting Thursday, Hantman said. Another site walk is scheduled for mid-November, Pappas said, and a public hearing is set for Nov. 18.

While the board has reviewed the plans for the continuing care facility, it has not had a chance to consider the shopping plaza proposal, Hantman said. That will begin soon.

"We'll be moving forward with the details of the applications," he said.

While the project has received a mixed response from board members and residents, Pappas said it would be a benefit to Danville.

The 38-acre retirement community, The Royal Crest of Danville, is designed for people 55 and older. Initial plans call for 200 luxury independent living units, 40 luxury assisted units, and a 54-bed health care facility that includes memory care, nursing and rehabilitation services, and physical therapy.

The nearby shopping complex, Crown Plaza, would feature various businesses, including a gas station and restaurants, Pappas said.

The concerns include the potential impact on the water supply, emergency services and wetlands. Residents also are worried about additional noise and traffic, Pappas and Hantman said.

"That's not unexpected," Hantman said.

If everything goes as planned, Pappas has said they hope to receive approval for the projects by next spring.

Re: Commercial complexes planned in Danville

PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:38 pm
by SBinRockrimmon
I just read about this in the paper. I had forgotten all about it.

Re: Commercial complexes planned in Danville

PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:31 pm
by curt
As a member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA), I'm happy to be off the hook. Unless somebody appeals the Planning Board's interpretation of the zoning ordinance.

Re: Commercial complexes planned in Danville

PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:05 am
by safety frog
There goes our quiet and nice view of the big dipper as the light pollution will fill the sky to the north of us in southern Danville.

Re: Commercial complexes planned in Danville

PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 7:21 pm
by safety frog
So how does the process work to have NH DOT approve a new road to be tied in to Route 111 where it is a limited access road and has been since the 1960's? When is the public comment period? How long does the process take from the start of the application to the denial or approval?

Re: Commercial complexes planned in Danville

PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 1:44 am
by curt
The Hampstead bypass of 111 opened in 1958. You can still see the abandoned roadway where it merged into Danville Road in East Hampstead, west of the Danville town line.

The Danville bypass opened circa 1970. The deeds to the state were recorded in 1969. It ran on a new ROW from Danville Road in East Hampstead to Mill Road in West Kingston. Then it followed an existing town road ROW to Danville Road.

"Limited access" is a restriction on abutting landowners, not on the state.

If your property abuts a public highway, you have a common law right to access the highway directly from your property. The government can regulate your access based on sight distance or other safety factors. But at the end of the day they can't deny you direct access from somewhere on your property.

When the government (usually state government) creates a limited access highway, it acquires not only the land over which the road will run, it also acquires and extinguishes the right of abutters and their successors to access the highway directly from their property. The amount of compensation reflects this. In addition to the value of the land taken, they calculate the difference in the value of the remaining land with no access restriction, and the value of the land with the limited access restriction.

The state, as owner of the ROW and owner of the right to access the highway, is free to allow anybody access from any point, subject only to state law and any administrative rules allowed by state law.

Statute regulating access to state highways - Note that it does not distinguish between limited access and unrestricted highways.

I looked up the Rules of the state department of transportation. Chapter 300, which includes driveway permits, is marked as "expired." I don't know what to say beyond that.