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SNHU purchases buildings for possible arts complex, day care

Southern New Hampshire University has purchased two buildings, which it may use for a new arts complex and a campus day care facility.

“This purchase opens up all kinds of wonderful possibilities,” said President Paul LeBlanc in a release.

The university purchased the two properties, located at 15 West Alice Ave. in Manchester, from CB Sullivan Hooksett. The lot is about 21 acres and includes 80,000 square feet of space between the office and warehouse complexes.

When the property became available, the university decided to purchase it because it is adjacent to the current campus and will provide opportunities for growth and a possible new access road, LeBlanc said.

The university will begin studying possible uses for the buildings, including the arts complex and day care center.

“The warehouse, an open cavernous space, might well serve as an eventual arts complex to house our blossoming programs in music, theater and the visual arts,” he said. The possible day care would be attached to the School of Education.

A portion of the renovated facilities will be dedicated to Claire and Charles B. Sullivan.

KATHLEEN RONAYNE

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