Penacook workforce housing named after late CATCH President Rosemary Heard

  • The new housing on Village Road in Penacook is named for former CATCH Housing director Rosemary Heard. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 6/24/2021 6:11:58 PM

The memory of Rosemary Heard’s decades of work helping people get housing will live on at a 42-unit development under construction near Merrimack Valley High School, which will be known as Rosemary’s Way.

The project at 95 Village St., being built by CATCH Neighborhood Housing, is drawing interest in this very tight market.

“We get calls, emails, Facebook messages pretty much every day,” said Erin Schaick , director of development and community relations for Concord-based CATCH Housing, a non-profit that develops housing for low- to moderate-income people. “We kind of have a running list of people – we will send out requests when we are able to take applications.”

The complex will have 42 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in six buildings, some one story and some two stories. Occupancy will be income-limited for many of them.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held June 17. The soaring cost of lumber and other materials shortage of construction workers has complicated construction but the project is relatively on schedule.

“Hopefully we should be able to move people into some of the buildings by the end of the year, with everything completed by early 2022,” Shaick said. 

Rosemary’s Way is just down the street from Penacook Landing at 33 Canal St., an affordable-housing complex at the site of the former Allied Leather tannery. It will have 54 one- and two-bedroom units when finished; 34 are currently being rented, awaiting the construction of the second phase of the development.

CATCH Housing was established in the late 1980s to help working families get apartments during a tight market. Heard became its president in 2006 and oversaw an expansion of projects by the group, including turning the Franklin Power and Light Mill into 45 workforce apartments.

She died in December at age 60.

(David Brooks can be reached at 369-3313 or or on Twitter @GraniteGeek.)

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David Brooks is a reporter and the writer of the sci/tech column Granite Geek and blog, as well as moderator of Science Cafe Concord events. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in mathematics he became a newspaperman, working in Virginia and Tennessee before spending 28 years at the Nashua Telegraph . He joined the Monitor in 2015.

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