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A condo project at the former Woodman’s Florist site returns to the Peterborough Planning Board Monday 

  • Woodman’s Florist in Peterborough this past January. Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/18/2019 4:14:15 PM
Modified: 10/18/2019 4:14:01 PM

Proposed condos at the former site of Woodman's Florist are on the agenda for the third Planning Board meeting in a row this Monday at 6:30 p.m., after a crowded public comment period and a change to the project plan at the last meeting on Oct. 14. 

Initially, the plan was for 20 units on the site: 14 single units and six multi-family units (two triplexes). The new preliminary plan, presented on Oct. 14, is for 16 total units, with two single-family units replacing the proposed triplexes.

 The Planning Board conducted the preliminary consultation and design review for the project on July 8, and received and accepted the application on Oct. 7.

The hearing was continued on Oct. 14, when about 10 abutting residents presented their testimony. Robert Bolt, who is not an abutting resident but observed the meeting, said that concerns involved quality of life issues such as visitor parking, a place to deposit plowed snow, and a play area for children.

Many speakers were residents of the adjacent Sand Hill Road condos. Bolt did not believe the speakers received adequate consideration for their concerns at the meeting and expressed doubts on the board’s comment that parking on Route 202 was an adequate solution for visitors to the development. 

“There's not enough space, I don't think, in this development for people to live there with that many houses,” he said.

The waivers to the project concern the minimum lot size and setback requirements as regulated for Traditional Neighborhood Overlay Zone 1.

The project also seeks waivers for regulations concerning the roads that would access the condos and two single-family houses. 

Community development director Peter Throop said that many of the regulations in question were not written with a condominium in mind, and that the recent plan revisions change the way a number of the waivers apply. He said Friday, he is waiting on a new draft of the plan from the developers.

In June 2018, EAM Peterborough Holdings LLC bought the Woodman’s property -- 69 Concord Street -- as well as the abutting property -- 75 Concord Street -- from the Stephen K. Palmer Trust for $450,000, according to town property records.



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