The board did not raise any strong objections to the plans or require major changes, but did add a few conditions and discussed at length what version of the plans would be recorded at the county Register of Deeds.
Eventually the board made a condition of approval that the finished redevelopment — or “as built” — drawings, not the approved site plan, would have to be recorded before a certificate of occupancy is issued.
Ron DeCola, of Manchester, the agent for the owner, 169 Sunapee Street LLC, presented the plans for the 70,000-square-foot building to the board, which first saw them at a meeting in April.
Once complete, The Lofts at Newport Mills would have 59 two-bedroom apartments, with five or six of them having lofts, and seven one-bedroom apartments, all rented at what has been called “market rates.” A former gun shop in a building on the property would become the manager’s residence, DeCola said.
But before any apartments are constructed, DeCola said, there would be several months of demolition. This would include removing old steam radiators, electrical wiring, plumbing and bathroom fixtures in the main building and roofing, walls and flooring in a portion of the annex.
Further, a silo on the property near the mill would be razed. A machine shop and a sheet metal fabricator now operating in the mill would have to…
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