During the May 14, 2014 Londonderry Planning Board Meeting, resident and businessman Richard Flier presented a plan which would result in a mixed use development on the one acre lot located at 132 Pillsbury Road, between the historic Londonderry Presbyterian Church and the newly built Orchard Christian Fellowship. The development would allow the conversion of the historic residence on the property to an office and apartment, as well as the addition of three residential buildings on the property.
Being in the process of purchasing the land from the Presbyterian Church, Flier presented his idea for this lot to both the Presbyterian and the Orchard Christian Fellowship Church. Both churches gave Richard Flier the approval of the perception and a legal document will be proposed giving both churches the assurance that if any change in use was to occur, both churches would be notified before anything happened.
The existing historic residence on the property would be restored and used as living space on the second floor with a 600 square foot office on the first floor to be used by Flier. Behind that, on the eastern side of the lot, a small three bedroom house would be built for Flier’s daughter and her family (House ‘A’) that would be similar to the Morrison House at 140 Pillsbury Road.
Another house would be built further back in the middle of the lot for Flier (House ‘B’). A garage and an apartment on the second floor would be built in the style of a barn along the back of the property line (House ‘C’). That apartment would be for his second daughter and her family. In total, the complex would feature twelve bedrooms.
Flier explained that with the view from Pillsbury Road, you would only see some of the house behind it to the east, while the rest of the buildings would not be visible. The purpose would be to remain in context with the other historical buildings along Pillsbury Road.
There was some question of approval as to whether the site plan could be conditioned on a property being rezoned, as well as other questions that were asked during this proposal.
Cynthia May, Londonderry Town Planner, stated that, from the Planning Development perspective, the proposed vision is in keeping with many of the objectives of the 2013 Comprehensive Master Plan and past Master Plans. The Master Plan is responding to the way the world is going, that people need affordable places to live, she said.
May also stated that the “property owner is going to do something that he can’t afford for us to catch up with him” and that the development “brings an investment to the Town Center, promotes sustainability, offers affordable housing as well as a mix of residential and commercial uses, and promotes walkability.”
The Town Attorney will give input before making a recommendation on the rezoning to the Town Council, since the site plan would be the first significant change to the Town Center area.
Be sure to watch the Planning Board Meeting video below.