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Concord SPCA, Havenwood-Heritage Heights projects move forward

Plans for a new Concord-Merrimack County SPCA and new cottages at Havenwood-Heritage Heights moved forward last week with approval from the Concord Planning Board.

The local SPCA will build a new shelter at the corner of Silk Farm Road and Clinton Street, replacing its current shelter in Penacook.

Its new, nearly 8,000-square-foot building will be a barn-like structure, according to the organization’s site plan application.

City Planner Gloria McPherson said planning board approval for the site included conditions that the organization work to add more vegetation and try to reduce the parking area to allow for adequate drainage on the property. The SPCA has said it plans to begin construction this year.

Havenwood-Heritage Heights also received planning board approval last week to redevelop a portion of its campus.

The retirement community on the Heights is reconstructing the northern end of its property off East Side Drive and reducing the overall number of living units. The project area now has 85 units, and it will have 54 units when construction is complete, according to its planning board application.

The planning board suggested some changes to the plans at last month’s meeting, McPherson said. Board members asked to reduce the sidewalk or pavement space and add more landscaping and green space.

McPherson said the retirement community responded to the board’s concerns and returned last week with slightly different designs that increased the amount of open space between buildings and added trees along the street.

“They really did a great job,” she said. “They made a good faith effort to address all of the board’s concerns.”

(Laura McCrystal can be reached at 369-3312 or or on Twitter @lmccrystal.)

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