First steps taken to transform the Stickney Ave site. DOT in housing
Posted: 02/26/2022 19:39:06
One of the state’s largest developers has begun the process of turning the dilapidated Department of Transportation site on Stickney Avenue into housing, although it remains to be decided how many units could be involved, how existing buildings can be incorporated and whether it will include any commercial development.
Brady-Sullivan of Manchester recently received permission from City Council to subdivide the 6-acre plot, nestled between Storrs Street and I-93, into four lots, which is a first step for any development. The company has not submitted any specific proposal for the property.
“We had very preliminary conversations, nothing more,” deputy city manager Carlos Baía said.
Brady-Sullivan submitted an overall development plan for redevelopment of the site “to support 80 housing units and associated site improvements,” according to a project description from the city’s Community Development Department, but Baía said that this number is far from certain.
Brady-Sullivan did not return To watch calls for a comment.
Although more housing is always welcome these days, Concord had long intended to put a mix of housing and commercial development on this property because it is so close to downtown. As early as 1981, the city published a brochure calling it “the most important real estate in the city”.
The state highway department purchased the land in 1925, and over the next three decades constructed five buildings there for the storage and maintenance of state vehicles. It was used by the Department of Transportation until 2006 when a new DOT facility opened on Hazen Drive. It has been largely unused since.
Concord had a right of first refusal for the property, but last year the DOT backed out of negotiations with the city, saying it was taking too long and there was too much risk a deal wouldn’t happen. ever happen. On June 7, 2020, NHDOT Commissioner Victoria Sheehan and Brady Sullivan Properties signed a purchase and sale agreement for $1 million.
Terms of the sale include historic covenants on the H-shaped roadside garage, which may be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and requirements that Brady Sullivan deal with environmental damage from asbestos, paint lead and other hazardous materials, including decades of spilled material that may have seeped into the ground.
The sites proximity to I-93 and Storrs Street adds to the complexity.
The state’s long-range plans include extending I-93 to Concord and changing the layout of the ramps at exits 13 and 14, which could have the potential to encroach on the DOT site. Concord plans to extend Storrs Street northward, opening up city-owned land adjacent to that parcel for development.