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Second part of RiverMead expansion approved

  • RiverMead got approval from the Planning Board this week to make renovations to its main building and add 24 new apartments.  Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, November 16, 2017

The second half of RiverMead’s proposed expansion was approved by the Planning Board this week.

RiverMead is a continuous care retirement community that is split into two neighborhoods, known as “the Village” and “the Mead”. The Planning Board conditionally approved the retirement community’s request to build additional housing on its “Mead” campus on Powers Bridge Road. The approval complements another application RiverMead got approved earlier this year for housing on its “Village” campus.

Ultimately, between the two projects, RiverMead will be adding more than 50 new apartments.

“Today’s clients are different than those of ten years ago. Through our research, we’ve learned what they value – spacious, open living areas which offer privacy, convenience, and freedom from maintenance and upkeep,” said Jan Daly-Eaton, Director of Resident Services & Marketing, in a press release from RiverMead after the approval of the Village expansion. 

The updates to the Mead campus, which the Planning Board deliberated on and approved on Monday, will include renovations to existing buildings, including the main facility, which house community resources such as a health and wellness center, community and dining spaces. The renovations include building an addition to the health center, which will allow more room for exercise classes, which are currently held in the campus’ auditorium, as well as room for more exercise equipment. 

In addition to the renovation of the existing buildings, RiverMead now also has the go-ahead to build two new 12-unit apartment villas. Those 24 units would be added to the previously approved plan for the village, which included another two 12-unit villas, plus two new duplex cottages, for a total of 52 new living spaces.

The plan also includes improving pedestrian walkways around the Mead campus, including constructing a new sidewalk. 

The approval carried conditions, including submitting updated plans showing accepted feedback gathered from the site plan review process, the approval of the drainage report by a Planning Board consultant, and the addition of a lighting plan. 

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.