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Manchester seeks proposals to redevelop former Genest's Bakery building

By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader

November 09. 2017 9:31PM

The former Genest's Bakery on Harvard Street in Manchester. (UNION LEADER FILE)

MANCHESTER — The city has issued a request for proposals for a vacant building in the South End.

The Office of the Tax Collector issued the request this week for proposals to redevelop 630 Harvard St., site of the former Genest’s Bakery. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27.

The Genest’s Bakery building has been considered a neighborhood blight by South End residents for years. A recent inspection by city officials found an inoperable sprinkler system, standing water or mud in the basement, and rooms full of junk.

“The building is a hazard,” Tax Collector Brenda Adams wrote in an email to city aldermen. In a May 19 memo, she noted standing water and mud in the basement, a broken sprinkler system, compromised doors and windows.

The city took title to the building — constructed in 1933 and once home to a book bindery, a metal shop, a metal sculptor and a taxidermy shop — on May as compensation for years of unpaid taxes totalling nearly $804,000.

According to the request for proposals (RFP), the lot is approximately 54,000 square feet, with approximately 230 feet of frontage on Harvard Street, 280 feet of frontage on Hall Street, and 170 feet on Prescott Street.

The site is occupied by Custom Architectural Design Management, LLC, which uses approximately 11,984 square feet of the gross building area, which totals 60,253 square feet.

The area is a “neigborhood in transition,” as the RFP describes it, with predominantly multifamily residential land use along with a mix of neighborhood retail, restaurant, private club and service uses.

The city is inviting proposals for the property that are “compatible with, and relate to, the neighborhood.”

“Although projects shall conform to zoning and other development regulations, the city is open to all reasonable proposals that are backed by a qualified team with an achievable program,” the RFP states. “Proposals will be evaluated for their likelihood of returning the property to its former status as the heart of the neighborhood.”

More information is available at www.manchesternh.gov/Departments/Tax-Collector/Tax-Announcements.

pfeely@unionleader.com


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