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192 new apartments proposed for South End of Concord

  • Conceptual drawings of the proposed development at Langdon Avenue and South Main Street. Courtesy of Dakota Partners

Monitor staff
Published: 7/1/2021 5:39:18 PM

Nearly 200 new apartments could be built near downtown Concord as early as next spring, according to a new plan before the city’s Planning Board.

The project called Rail Yards, was proposed by Dakota Partners, a Massachusetts developer, and includes six residential buildings, a clubhouse and two commercial units.

The site is on Langdon Ave, with the railroad and South Main Street serving as borders. The two commercial units, which do not have a proposed tenant yet, would sit closer to South Main Street, while the six residential buildings and the clubhouse will surround a green space father back from the road.

At the city Planning Board meeting Wednesday, board members determined the site project’s application was complete and a public hearing will be held later this month. 

The residential apartments – 192 units in all – will be considered affordable housing. Four of the buildings will house 36-48 units, while the smaller two will have 12 units all across three stories. ADA approved units will also be included.

City Planner Heather Shank hopes this proposal will help with the city's housing shortage.

“We obviously need housing,” she said. “This being affordable housing definitely addresses a need the city has for that demographic.”

By designating the residential portion as affordable housing, the developer will be able to apply for a tax credit.

Mark Pilotte, the vice president of development for Dakota Partners, estimated that construction could begin as early as next spring, pending all necessary approvals.

Dakota Partners first began talks with the city last year about development in the area. Ultimately, the Langdon Avenue site allowed for both residential and commercial development.

“This was a good opportunity both for us and the city,” he said.

The area falls within one of the city’s opportunity corridors, which triggered the need for a comprehensive development plan to evaluate all aspects of the site.

“They are viewed as high value, high potential areas,” said Shank.

With the use of both commercial and residential units, Shank hopes to design a space that is multipurpose.

“Our task in working in with the developer through the concept plan and site plan review process is to create a coherent, connected space,” she said.

Plans for the site show a clubhouse with a fitness center, community room and office space. The NH Climbing and Fitness gym which is currently on site at 10 Langdon Ave., will remain.

As of now, there are no setbacks to project plans according to both Shank and Pilotte. However, the public hearing, which is the next step in the planning process, could bring concerns such as increased traffic in the area. A traffic study is a required component of the site plan.

The public hearing is scheduled for July 21 in the City Council Chambers.


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