Londonderry workforce housing proposal variance granted
While the town Workforce Housing Ordinance states that developments are limited to adding a maximum of 48 units and three buildings per year, the variance granted by the ZBA this week will allow for phasing of the same amount of units spread across up to seven buildings per year.
“It has a homey feel, a better overall ambiance,” Manchester said.
A similar community is currently under construction in Amherst, Manchester said.
“This project would fit quite well into this community,” he said. “Right now there are so many people who work in Londonderry but can’t afford to live there. This would provide the chance for these people to live in the communities they work in.”
Tourigny said the rental townhouses would each have two to three bedrooms.
“The smaller buildings tend to be more attractive and would likely enhance property values,” Manchester added. “They certainly won’t decrease them.”
Al Lampson, who lives in the nearby Parish Hills condo community, said the surrounding swamp area might pose safety issues for children living in a work force housing community.
Mammoth Road resident Pauline Caron said she was worried about additional traffic the project might cause.
“But I do think smaller is better than bigger, because I don’t want to see any more 24-unit buildings coming to town,” she added.
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