Senior housing proposal concerns Salem abutters
During Tuesday’s Planning Board meeting, Carl Dubay of the Dubay Group, along with property owner Tim Oriole and broker/owner of NH Country Homes Tina Habib, shared conceptual plans for the new housing community to be located on two merged lots at 67-73 and 77 Pond St.
Dubay said Salem had a considerable spike in elderly housing proposals about a decade ago, though the majority of those projects centered on apartments or assisted-living facilities for frail seniors.
Hulshult said the clubhouse plans and parking lot were both major concerns.
Town officials said the project remains in conceptual stages and has a way to go before it would go forward to a public hearing. A wetlands permit would still be needed from both the Conservation Commission and the state, Moldoff said.
In Salem, 8,000 homes are owned by residents in their late 50s or early 60s and another 4,400 are owned by residents in their late 60s or older.
Developers held a meeting with the site’s future abutters on May 4 and around a dozen of those 55 abutters attended.
Habib said three of those citizens said they needed to learn more about the project before forming an opinion, while at least one told her he objected to the project.
According to Moldoff, the plans for the community would also incorporate a caretaker’s cottage from the historic Searles estate into a new clubhouse, though further details have yet to be determined. Moldoff further noted that the site would likely use a community septic system, though it would rely on Salem town water.
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