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Old 10-14-2022, 07:41 AM   #1
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Next Wednesday the city council will reveal the plan for redevelopment of the State School. Any guesses?
Community college, hotel complex, affordable housing, another rehab facility or maybe a huge homeless shelter?
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Probably mixed use housing with an open air market toward the front to compliment the community garden site across the road.

A new set of traffic lights, and some non-motorized trail to attach to the WOW.
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I hope to attend. I had reached out to the listing agency to place a bid. They told me that they were not ready for bids yet and would get back to me when ready. The next thing I know, biding was closed. I will be a bit suspicious if they keep the sale price secret.
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Is the sale completed? I believe it isn’t. This meeting is closed to the public and just a information gathering for city. As noted before, the city has little say in who buys the property, the true test of what the city wants will be when permits are pulled and zoning regulations adjusted


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Is the sale completed? I believe it isn’t. This meeting is closed to the public and just a information gathering for city. As noted before, the city has little say in who buys the property, the true test of what the city wants will be when permits are pulled and zoning regulations adjusted


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I read something earlier in the week indicating it was open to the public. Now I read that you are correct it is not open to the public
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Yes. With a capacity of 60 at city hall. The state refused a move to the middle school to increase the public capacity. Get in your seat early!


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Paper had it open to the public...
But just a presentation, not a public question or comment session.

I suspect that the LDS will have an article the next day...
So we should know by then what is being proposed by the committee that was seated by the State to advise on the issue.
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How is this "research" or "study" committee able to meet in secret? I understand the Council can meet in non-public session to negotiate, but where do study committees come under RSA 91-A, Right to Know? Are thewre no published agendas or minutes for the study committee?
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The Advisory Committee was in the paper.
But here is the official listing...

https://www.nh.gov/council/meetings/...ate-school.htm
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The Advisory Committee was in the paper.
But here is the official listing...

https://www.nh.gov/council/meetings/...ate-school.htm
Thank you. That's all in 2016, and I didn't see any report or final recommendations. What am I missing? Why is this coming up now, 6 years later?
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The work of the commission you are asking about played little to no role in the state governments decision on selling the property and to whom it will be sold to. A waste of time and resources in my opinion


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One thing I would like to note is the city had the opportunity to purchase the property for small dollars a few decades ago and declined.


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Thank you. That's all in 2016, and I didn't see any report or final recommendations. What am I missing? Why is this coming up now, 6 years later?
This is the public presentation of the final recommendation that will go to the Executive Committee.

Laconia will be the site of the presentation, then a written comment period from the public, and finally a vote by the EC on whether to approve the sales contract with the conditions laid out.
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Anyone get to attend tonight’s state school property review?


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There is an article in the LDS.
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Here’s the link:

https://www.laconiadailysun.com/news...140d9d9ec.html


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That's quite an ambitious plan.

Elm St will likely become quite busy.

Is there enough capacity in the electric grid, water and sewer?
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Thanks. Just read it, it’s all pie in the sky stuff. 1300 housing units. Are you going to place a small town in ward 1. No mention of the new schools that would be required to support such housing or the police and fire services. Won’t get into the environmental impact from the runoff into both lakes. It will be interesting how this plays out


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The plan seems awfully ambitious.... No doubt there will be changes! Buy it for a song filled with with promises and big dreams, then claim economic realities when you choose to change the plan and not fulfill the promises!

The City sorely needs the workforce housing. However I seriously doubt the price range for the homes in this development will be affordable.

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That's quite an ambitious plan.

Elm St will likely become quite busy.

Is there enough capacity in the electric grid, water and sewer?
There was in the electric grid, but since everything is being upgraded???
Water and sewer the City needs to expand in the area to Turner Way; so it would be available.
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The state has failed for years to sell the property because its expansive lake views couldn’t overcome the site’s significant development hurdles, which include nearly 30 dilapidated buildings. The new potential developer seems a little light on experience.

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The "view" is of Lake Opechee toward the Belknaps.
It is across Rte 106... so that part of the property is more prone to commercial development.

The lower cost housing would have less, if any, lake view.
The problem with the property is actually political... less so financial.
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The "view" is of Lake Opechee toward the Belknaps.
It is across Rte 106... so that part of the property is more prone to commercial development.

The lower cost housing would have less, if any, lake view.
The problem with the property is actually political... less so financial.
I believe that the property actually goes all the way back to Lake Winnisquam water front.


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“There is some concern about the buyer's experience and ability to take on a project of this size,”

An article published in the New Hampshire Bulletin Tuesday outlines the past developments of the proposed buyer. The article highlights that none of the developments are of comparable size to what Alexander has proposed for the State School property and that her largest development project to date, in Manchester, is three years behind schedule and has sparked litigation

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I believe that the property actually goes all the way back to Lake Winnisquam water front.

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The Winnisquam waterfront is part of the state park acreage.
As many of you have read in my past posting I am against any major development on the site. One concerns I have is the environmental impact it will have to both lakes. Runoff from such a large hilltop development (over 100 acres published) must go somewhere. The local environmentalists have been very quiet. I am hopeful they will voice their opinions as more details are revealed.
Until then I hope to find a unusual bug or fern that must be protected on or near the property!


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One thing I would like to note is the city had the opportunity to purchase the property for small dollars a few decades ago and declined.
Declined ???
What IDIOTS running Laconia.

What a beautiful town park this would make.

And of course. A state park.

IDIOTS !!!
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Declined ???
What IDIOTS running Laconia.

What a beautiful town park this would make.

And of course. A state park.

IDIOTS !!!
I believe it was the same individuals that agreed to build the now decaying parking garage downtown. And a few of these individuals are still in power!


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The parking garage has only a couple options.
Continued maintenance at about $30K per year...
Or a large multi-million dollar bond payable over decades to remove the structure.
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Declined ???
What IDIOTS running Laconia.

What a beautiful town park this would make.

And of course. A state park.

IDIOTS !!!
The State had the option of taking it all as a park... it didn't.
Probably because under SB5 it was determined that there was no way for the park system to finance maintenance... even a problem with Ahern.
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The parking garage has only a couple options.
Continued maintenance at about $30K per year...
Or a large multi-million dollar bond payable over decades to remove the structure.
Thankfully, the parking garage boondoggle is stalled as the parking study showed no real need for it. The City is going to revisit the issue.

The parking structure does not have to be removed... sell it to the other owners for a $1 and let them rehab the building. Apartments, Condos, office space...

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Then take out a $1 and buy it.
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Then take out a $1 and buy it.
Sure thing!

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One question about the proposed development, which would add up to 1900 new housing units: what would attract the buyers to come to Laconia?

Certainly not the prospect of a good-paying job: there is little or no industry or other opportunities, unlike days gone by.

Lots of new residents buy lakefront as a second or third home, but the proposal is for mixed use, meaning mostly non-high end homes.

These new folks will need to work somewhere: where will that be?

*I may be out of touch having not visited for several years, but it seemed to me that Laconia was then in decline*
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https://www.laconiadailysun.com/news...b7ded6442.html
Appears Kennedy got exposed a bit here


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Since no one else wants to deal with it...
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Per Union Leader:

CONCORD — The state Executive Council tabled Wednesday the proposed $21.5 million purchase of the former Laconia State School property after questions arose over the Manchester buyer’s limited commercial development experience.
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CONCORD — The state Executive Council tabled Wednesday the proposed $21.5 million purchase of the former Laconia State School property after questions arose over the Manchester buyer’s limited commercial development experience.
One thing that must be noted is Sununu anger towards the city of Laconia for identifying the developers lack of experience and legal issues. I find this disturbing.


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The NH Department of Administrative Services has presumably negotiated the P & S and has done some due diligence before making a recommendation to the EC. Any word on that part of the process?
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Hosmer and City Manager Kirk Beattie have maintained that no city officials had access to the information necessary to vet Alexander.

https://www.laconiadailysun.com/news...82b01f81d.html
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Hosmer and City Manager Kirk Beattie have maintained that no city officials had access to the information necessary to vet Alexander.

https://www.laconiadailysun.com/news...82b01f81d.html
Assuming they are correct not sure it would have made a difference. The sale is controlled by the state. Hosmer and Beattie should be directing their displeasure to Kennedy. The area representative on the executive council. He came out again tonight in support of the sale. Voting against the city’s wishes


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I don't think there are any other real options on the table based on what the City keeps demanding.

The State should be looking out for all residents of the State... not just the city, like the city council is supposed to, and the EC would be looking out for a broad area of constituents.

She is being backed by some big names that don't want to be in the spotlight due to other run-ins with a City Council that has a constituency that is rather chaotic.
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On Wednesday, a 3-2 Executive Council vote approved a purchase and sale agreement with Legacy at Laconia, LLC.

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“On a 3-2 vote, the Executive Council on Wednesday approved the $21.5 million sale of the former Laconia State School property to private developers despite financial questions about some of the project’s key members. The development will include 340 single-family, duplex or triplex homes, half of which will be priced as “entry-level,” 108 condominiums, 500 apartments — 120 designated as “workforce housing” — and 350 townhouses. The site also will have 360 units of independent living units for seniors, along with 230 assisted-care units, which McCoy will spearhead, according to a spokesman for the developers. Along with housing, the project includes a 1,000-seat convention center and a 250-room hotel, as well as urgent care, child care and pharmacy facilities on site. Half of the property will remain undeveloped and taxed under the state’s current-use law, which values property in its natural state rather than at its potential developable value, officials said.”
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“On a 3-2 vote, the Executive Council on Wednesday approved the $21.5 million sale of the former Laconia State School property to private developers despite financial questions about some of the project’s key members. The development will include 340 single-family, duplex or triplex homes, half of which will be priced as “entry-level,” 108 condominiums, 500 apartments — 120 designated as “workforce housing” — and 350 townhouses. The site also will have 360 units of independent living units for seniors, along with 230 assisted-care units, which McCoy will spearhead, according to a spokesman for the developers. Along with housing, the project includes a 1,000-seat convention center and a 250-room hotel, as well as urgent care, child care and pharmacy facilities on site. Half of the property will remain undeveloped and taxed under the state’s current-use law, which values property in its natural state rather than at its potential developable value, officials said.”
I haven't seen this much development in the Lakes Region since the 80's and we know what happened then!
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They will be lucky if half those number of units go in. Same old...ask for 1,000 so you will at least get 500. Everyone thinks they won.
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It would be a loss to the developer, not the State, if the density is lower than proposed.

More than likely... they will seek higher density with more units to maximize profits.
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I assume the half of the property designated as not to be developed will be the wetlands


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When does construction start on the Elm St. flyover bypass?
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Looking to place some endangered species on the property. Who’s with me?


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Looking to place some endangered species on the property. Who’s with me?


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Old 12-23-2022, 07:28 PM   #53
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I assume the half of the property designated as not to be developed will be the wetlands


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Probably not.

Wetlands may be held in an attempt to get higher density building on the rest of the site... but when held in CU, it is most likely a recreational corridor that they hope to build in sometime in the future.
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