Barn land to become 16 homes

  • Excavators work at the lot at the intersection of Abbott and Sewalls Falls roads in Concord. The barn will be relocated and the existing house torn down. Sarah Pearson / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 6/30/2022 5:22:49 PM

As early as next week, 16 yet-to-be-built houses in Concord will be listed for sale. Construction on a new housing development on the corner of Abbott Road and Sewalls Falls Road will begin within the next 30 days.

The development will feature homes priced between $499,000 and $550,000. Each home will be between 1,800 to 2,100 square feet with a two-car garage. There will also be a trail that provides access to the wetland area on the property.

Despite neighbors’ concerns at the city planning board meeting in March about wetland protection, the new development will not interfere with the wetlands on the plot, according to Heather Shank, Concord’s city planner.

The plot, which is more than 8 acres of land, was sold in April for $905,000. There is currently a house and a barn on the property. The house will be demolished, but plans for the barn are still in flux, according to project developer Scott DeSantis.

“We are trying to figure out a way to save it on sight or have it dismantled and put up somewhere else,” said DeSantis.

According to the MLS listing, the barn currently on the property was built in Maine in the 1800s. It has been on the property since 2002. 

Construction will take place in phases, with 5 to 7 houses built at a time, according to DeSantis. In total, it should take less than 18 months to build all 16 homes. 

“We are happy to get housing that we desperately need,” said Shank.


Michaela Towfighi is a Report for America corps member covering the Two New Hampshires for the Monitor. She graduated from Duke University with a degree in public policy and journalism and media studies in 2022. At Duke she covered education, COVID-19, the 2020 election and helped edit stories about the Durham County Courthouse for The 9th Street Journal and the triangle area's alt-weekly Indy Week. Her story about a family grappling with a delayed trial for a fatal car accident in Concord won first place in Duke’s Melcher Family Award for Excellence in Journalism. Towfighi is an American expat who calls London, England, home despite being born in Boston.

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