Chesterfield condo project developer has one last hurdle
CHESTERFIELD, N.H. -- A proposal for a cluster development on Route 63 is close to final approval.
On Monday, Aug. 18, at 7:30 p.m., in the Chesterfield Town Offices, the developer of the project, Brickstone Land Use Consultants, will discuss with the Planning Board the necessity of a bond for road construction.
"Typically, what towns want to do, is make sure they are covered so that if the developer sells lots and starts construction but then skips town, the town will have the money needed to finish the road," said David Bergeron, development consultant with Brickstone.
The bond is also meant to cover any costs if problems arise due to poor construction of the road. About 800 feet of road would be owned by the town if the project goes forward.
The property in questions -- 75 acres owned by the Charles Donahue Revocable Trust of 1988 -- is located on the east side of Route 63 near the trailhead to the Friedsam Town Forest, about one-half-mile south of Route 9.
About 54 acres of the parcel is permanently protected as open space, said Bergeron, and 19 acres is developable, though as the plan now stands, not all of that 19 acres would be built upon.
All of the state permits, including for driveway, alteration of drainage and wetlands have been issued, said Bergeron.
"All the conditions of approval have been met except the Planning Board has requested we discuss the issue of bonding for the road itself."
The approved plan calls for 13 two-unit condominiums, side-by-side and single level, said Bergeron. The 26 units are designed with two bedrooms and are targeted to older people who want to sell their homes in Chesterfield but remain in town, said Bergeron.
A homeowners association will be established to maintain lawns and plow the driveways. In addition, the cluster will have its own water and sewer systems, said Bergeron.
"There has been very little opposition to the project," he said.
That might be due in part to the fact that more than 50 acres will be preserved as open space and a snowmobile trail that crosses the property, while it will be relocated, will be left open to the public.
Even if the project receives final approval on Monday night, said Bergeron, there is no date set for actual ground breaking.
"At this point, the owner has no plans to develop the property."
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