Plans revealed for senior complex in Rindge

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, November 09, 2017 11:8AM

A 20-unit senior housing project could soon be coming to Rindge.

Conceptual plans for the development – which would be built on a 10.91 acre parcel of land on Sonja Drive behind KFC/Taco Bell, Valvoline, GFA Federal Credit Union and other nearby businesses – were presented to the planning board on Tuesday.

“Right now it seems like the need is there [for senior housing,]” said Elias Parkkonen, estimator and construction manager with Boss Contractors, in an interview Wednesday. “We’re trying to have it built by mid to late next year.”

Currently, the plan is to create a number of duplexes and/or quadplexes that would be linked by a circular driveway, according to Kirk Stenersen of Higher Design, PLLC, who represented property owner Navian Development during the meeting. Stenersen, who also serves as the town’s planning director, recused himself from that role given his relationship to the project. 

Stenersen said each unit would be available for rent and have two bedrooms. There are no plans to include a low-income component to the project.

“This is all very conceptual, everything is subject to change,” said Stenersen. 

The planning board didn’t make any decisions, as the meeting was a conceptual consultation, but did say the project would be subject to a site plan review should the project move forward. 

The project has already been before the zoning board and received unanimous approval on a variance to allow the property to be used for elderly housing on Aug. 22. 

Parkkonen said that there have been some previous ideas kicked around for the property in question, but nothing had materialized in the past. Retailers have said that there isn’t enough visibility from Route 202, according to Parkkonen.

One of the factors in putting senior housing at the Sonja Drive property, according to Parkkonen, is its proximity to restaurants, a dental office, and grocery and retail options. The project also bridges the gap between retail businesses on Sonja Drive and residential properties further east. 

Both Navian and Boss Contractors are owned by Scott Honkala, who could not be reached for comment. 

Parkkonen said the next steps for the project are to do test pits and to design septic and drainage plans. Parkkonen said there is no current figure on the cost of the development.