Zoning Board approves Claremont assisted living plan

Valley News Correspondent
Friday, May 10, 2019

CLAREMONT — A proposed eight-unit assisted living facility on Skinner Street received a variance from the city’s Zoning Board this week.

The project will next have to be presented to the Planning Board for a site plan review. Nicole Neal, who is proposing the renovation project, said on Thursday she was not sure when formal plans will be submitted to the city.

Neal, of Derry, N.H., declined to comment further.

Neal proposed renovating the 2,080 square-foot two story, single-family home into eight units for residents 65 and older, according to the Zoning Board application.

Because the house, built in 1870, is located in a residential neighborhood, Neal had to obtain a variance for the project.

The application also said there is a strong demand for housing of this type and Claremont has just one assisted living home with 10 residents.

Also this week, the board issued a special exception for a child day care center on Main Street in a building that previously housed an auto parts store.

The property at 11 Main St. is just off Opera House Square next to the Tumble Inn Diner. Bond Auto Parts moved out several months ago and sold the property to FEB Realty of South Burlington, Vt.

Farhan Yaqoob said he will move his day care center, Ready, Set Grow, now on Royce Street, to the new location once renovations are completed.

He said a site plan has been submitted to the city and will be heard by the Planning Board on May 28.

The center would be able to handle up to 80 children from 6 weeks old up to 12 years, Yaqoob said.