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Owners propose turning Goffstown restaurant into apartments

GOFFSTOWN — A new use could be coming for the former restaurant property at the High Street and North Mast Street intersection.

Owners propose turning the former High Street Farmhouse restaurant into a three-unit residence. The units will be two bedroom, two bathroom dwellings that will be between 1,000- and 1,300-square-feet.

John Denoncourt, one of the owners of the property, said they decided to look at a different use for the building after having trouble finding a new tenant for the space after the last one left this past summer.

“We just decided to get out of the restaurant business,” he said.

High Street Farmhouse closed at the end of June after roughly five years of operation.

Owners Guy Streitburger and Liz Lutzen opened the restaurant in late 2012 after closing the Pinkerton Tavern in Derry due to the Route 28 widening project.

The two said in a Facebook post they were grateful for the time they had in Goffstown.

The planning board recently approved a conditional use permit for the new plan, but the owners will need to come back in with an official site plan to be reviewed.

One of the concerns that planning board members had was about the parking lot at the site. The new use would only require nine parking spots, while the lot has around two dozen.

Planning board members said their concern was that the additional spaces could be used to store cumbersome items like landscaping or boat trailers.

The Denoncourts said that they had been approached by the town’s library asking to let them use the parking lot for additional space, but that they hadn’t yet discussed what to do.

“We can use the space for now,” said Deborah Denoncourt, adding that it could be used for construction equipment should they renovate the building. “We’re trying to do one step at a time.”

The plan is to continue the discussion at the board’s Feb. 22 meeting, but that could change if the plans are not ready.

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