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Developers offer to pay for extending water, sewer lines to Route 27

Union Leader Correspondent

December 13. 2017 12:10AM
Plans are in the works to extend town water and sewer to Route 27 in Epping east of the Route 125 intersection. (Jason Schreiber /Correspondent)

EPPING — Three developers have offered to pay the cost of extending town water and sewer service to parts of Route 27 as part of a plan that some officials say would make the area more attractive for future commercial and industrial projects.

The developers recently sent a letter to the town proposing the water and sewer extension.

A project official met with the Board of Selectmen and the Water and Sewer Commission to discuss the proposal last week.

“I think this extension has a lot of big potential for the town. … This area could become the next industrial corridor adjacent to Route 125, which is obviously still getting built on and built out, but it’s been moving up north as you’ve seen,” Joseph Coronati, vice president of Jones & Beach Engineers Inc. of Stratham, told water and sewer commissioners.

The plan to extend water and sewer lines east on Route 27, including on Jannell Court, is being proposed by Ledge Road Sports Entertainment LLC, Ladd’s Lane Development LLC, and Soaring Hawk LLC.

Ledge Road Sports Entertainment is eyeing plans to build an indoor sports facility for volleyball on 27 acres on the south side of Route 27 that was recently clear-cut.

Ladd’s Lane Development owns two apartment buildings on Ladd’s Lane — located along Route 27 — and has Zoning Board approval for another 24 residential units.

Soaring Hawk owns the property that was most recently home to the Leddy Center for the Performing Arts, which is also located on Ladd’s Lane. The property has about 100 acres with potential for future commercial and industrial development, according to Coronati.

The water and sewer commission supported the project and agreed to allow the three developers to foot the bill for the design and installation of the lines. Those construction costs would offset the hookup fees that would have been paid by the developers.

Selectmen appeared supportive of the project.

“When we rezoned 27 I fully expected and intended for water and sewer to have to go down 27 because you don’t build that kind of infrastructure without infrastructure,” Selectman Robert Jordan said.

The proposal calls for extending the water and sewer main up Route 27 from an existing manhole at the Jannell Court intersection approximately 1,700 linear feet east, Coronati wrote in a letter to selectmen outlining the project.

A 12-inch waterline would be constructed from Route 125 just south of Wendy’s, down Jannell Court to Route 27 and then 1,700 feet along Route 27. The waterline would replace an old 6-inch line on Jannell Court between Route 125 and Acre Street.

Coronati estimates the water and sewer expansion could generate $335,800 in hookup fees paid to the town by properties abutting those of the three developers who will pay for the work.

Selectmen are expected to discuss the proposal again at their meeting on Dec. 18.

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