Putnam's restaurant in Goffstown wants to expandBy MELISSA PROULX
Union Leader Correspondent September 21. 2017 7:15PM
GOFFSTOWN — A downtown restaurant is looking to expand its dining room to go along with the facelift the rest of Main Street is getting.
The owner of Putnam’s Waterview Restaurant on Main Street would like to add about 400 square feet to the front of the building for some additional dining space.
“We’re going to add 20 seats to the dining room when we’re done,” said Alan Yeaton, the architect for the project.
This would bring the number of seats up from 58 to 78.
The outdoor patio would also be spruced up as well, said owner John Putnam. The picnic tables would be replaced with cafe tables and the gravel would be replaced with more solid stone.
“It will be seasonal seating out there,” he said.
Putnam said that he decided to pursue the addition to coincide with the Main Street paving project underway.
“I’m pretty passionate about it,” he said. The addition won’t dramatically change the site but should help to improve curb appeal, he said. “I think we’re not going to impact a lot, but make it a lot nicer downtown.”
Putnam met with the town’s planning board last week for a conceptual discussion on the plan. One of the concerns raised at that meeting was the lack of details about the site from the past plans submitted to the town.
The planning board will have to decide whether it wants to require the owner to figure out those details, and to what extent.
Putnam said there are some things he had tried to find definite answers to in the past, but those surveys came up inconclusive. The plans will be discussed at later meetings.
Selectmen will also be deciding on an application for a tax incentive program sometime in the coming weeks.
Putnam applied for Goffstown’s 79E Community Revitalization Tax Relief Incentive Program. The incentive allows business relief on any property improvements.
This means that although Putnam will be taxed on the current assessed value of the building he won’t be charged extra if the value increases for five years after the upgrades are made.
More time can be added, however, at the municipality’s discretion. For residential properties, this period lasts seven years, and up to nine years if it’s affordable housing.
The locked-in value can also stay in place for nine years if the town deems the property of historic significance.