New senior housing facility planned in NashuaBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
July 21. 2014 12:34AM
NASHUA — With waiting lists already in place for senior housing in Nashua, a proposal has been submitted to create a new, three-story elderly housing development near Salmon Brook.
“The waiting list for affordable rentals for seniors is tremendous in Nashua,” said Phil Grandmaison, special projects director with Southern New Hampshire Services. “The demand for new housing units is great.”
Southern New Hampshire Services, which already has three senior housing developments stationed in Nashua, is hoping to build its fourth elderly housing facility at the corner of Lovell and Ash streets.
The proposed 31-unit development will be presented to the Nashua Zoning Board on Tuesday, as the applicant is requesting a special exception to work in the prime wetland buffer of Salmon Brook to construct a stormwater drain associated with the housing project.
The property, a 2.3-acre parcel, is owned by Cedric and Zoe Stylianos Onsruth of Merrimack.
The late Mary Stylianos, Zoe’s mother, previously served on the board of directors for Southern New Hampshire Services, according to Grandmaison, who said it was a logical decision to convert the old family homestead and farm into living space for seniors.
Southern New Hampshire Services is seeking low-income housing tax credits from New Hampshire Housing of Bedford to construct the facility, and is hopeful to receive project approval this year.
“We should know by the end of the calendar year if we will receive the low-income housing tax credits,” Grandmaison said.
If all of the necessary approvals are granted, the housing development — referred to as Salmon Brook Senior Housing — would be available to residents 62 and older. Typically, low-income seniors who qualify for the housing pay about 30 percent of their income to live in the apartments, although those regulations could vary slightly, explained Grandmaison.
Hayner-Swanson, Inc. is in the process of designing the site, as the current owners would like to retain many of its natural features, according to Grandmaison.
“The property means a great deal to them,” he said of the Stylianos family, explaining all efforts are being made to preserve the trees and the natural buffer along the east side of the property.
David White Architects of New London is also involved in the project. The same architectural firm constructed the three other senior housing facilities operated by Southern New Hampshire Services in Nashua, including Wagner Court, Davidson Landing and most recently Streeter Shores on Temple Street.
“Once developed, this new building will be quite similar,” said Grandmaison, adding most of the units will be one-bedroom apartments. SNHS has about 900 apartments available to seniors in several complexes in the Granite State, spanning from Pittsburg to the Seacoast and into Nashua.
Tuesday’s zoning board meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Nashua City Hall.