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Goffstown townhouse project awarded 7th request for time extension

GOFFSTOWN — A townhouse development could start construction in October, six years after it was conditionally approved.

Woodland Village will consist of 76 townhouse-style units that will be split up between 13 buildings. The development will be built on a roughly 66-acre plot of land between Bog Road and Mountain Road.

Plans were given conditional approval in Sept. 2009. There were nine conditions that needed to be met, some of which have a few subsets to them.

One of the conditions is that $150,000 will be provided to help cover the cost of improvements to the Pleasant Street and Main Street intersection.

With the tentative approval comes a time limit to meet final conditions before the plans can officially be signed off on.

“The plans will not be signed or recorded until all the conditions have been met,” said Town Planner Jo Ann Duffy.

That usually is a year, with the opportunity for developers to ask for an extension if need be.

This was the seventh request developers have asked for.

Jim Coughlin, a trustee of the development, said the delay was primarily due to challenging economic times over the last few years.

Planning Board members said this has been a reasonable cause for the extension requests.

“It does time to get funding and buyers and get things built,” said member Tim Redmond.

Coughlin said all the permits they’ve received are valid for the project and they hope to break ground in the coming months.

“I think it’s going to be an asset to the town,” he said.

“We’re looking forward to doing it.”

One abutter said she thought, given the amount of extensions, the plans should have to restart to make sure everything is up to date.

“Seven time extensions are ridiculous in my opinion,” said Cathy Przekaza.

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