Forty apartments planned for Merrimack near revamped retail center | B…

MERRIMACK — Forty apartments are being proposed for the newly renovated Merrimack 360 development. Next week, developers for the project will approach the local planning board seeking site plan approval to construct a three-story apartment building behind the recently restored retail plaza that formerly housed Shaw’s.

“The planned unit development building is proposed to consist of 20 one-bedroom and 20 two-bedroom units, for a total of 40 units, and will be built behind the existing Merrimack plaza building,” Marisa DiBiaso, project manager with Hoyle, Tanner and Associates, Inc., wrote in the plans on file at town hall.

The new apartment building, if approved, will consist of 46,150 square feet, its own access drive and a proposed 96 parking spaces, according to the plans. Other improvements to the site include new sidewalks, lighting, utility services, drainage improvements and landscaping, DiBiaso said in a memo to the planning board.

The apartment building will sit on a portion of the 14 acre property at 360 Daniel Webster Highway.

“The east portion of the existing site includes a multi-tenant shopping center and parking lot. The proposed project is located on the west portion of the site, which is currently undeveloped,” state the plan’s narrative.

An access drive is being proposed from the existing retail area to the new apartment building and its parking lot. The apartments, if constructed, could slightly increase pedestrian and vehicular traffic in that area of the Daniel Webster Highway, states the plans.

“The two-bedroom units may be inhabited by residents and possibly a small number of children. With so few two-bedroom units, there is no anticipated negative affect on the public school system,” states the plans filed by Hoyle, Tanner and Associates Inc.

The old Shaw’s plaza was recently transformed after sitting vacant for several years. The new, Merrimack 360 plaza includes a Planet Fitness, Altitude Trampoline Park, Dollar General, Thirsty Moose Taphouse, Myrilux Nails and Spa, Tucker’s, Great Clips and Hayward’s Ice Cream.

OVP Management Inc. owns the property, while Hoyle, Tanner and Associates, Inc., is the applicant for the new apartment building. Both groups will approach the planning board at 7 p.m. on July 2 at Merrimack Town Hall seeking site plan approval for the proposed project.

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