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Developer to pitch 250-unit condo plan in Lebanon



Valley News Staff Writer
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

LEBANON — Developer Jay Campion is proposing to build a 250-unit condominium project — supported by its own heating, power and wastewater treatment plants — on a 182-acre property off Etna and Labombard roads.

The development, which Campion calls Signal Park, would include two large condominium buildings and is designed to supply the condominium units, as well as 108,000 square feet of recreational and storage space, 40,000 square feet of recreational offices and 20,000 square feet of light manufacturing and distribution space without relying on city utilities.

Plans for the site — which he previously proposed to be a liquefied natural gas distribution facility known as Valley Green — also call for a village store and cafe, centralized mail service, electric vehicle charging stations, and a shuttle to major Upper Valley employers.

“We’ve got a lot of things that are on the table,” Campion said in an interview Wednesday. “It’s a big piece of property and there’s room to do it.”

Campion said promoting sustainability is a major focus of the project, which will be discussed by the Planning Board along with another proposed housing development in the Route 120 corridor on Monday.

Solar and geothermal sources would provide electricity and power the hot water heating system, according to a plan submitted by Campion to the city on June 1. Those, along with sewer and water systems, would be built among seven sites away from the main condo buildings.

The sites would make up a business park called Signal Park North, which could also include a recycling center, transfer station, dumpster facility, plumbing company service headquarters and bakery distribution hub.

While Campion will be presenting early plans for the project on Monday, he already has obtained an alteration of terrain permit, and site work is underway.

The next important stage will be building infrastructure, including a road connecting Etna and Labombard roads through the parcel, Campion said.

The Etna Road project is among several major developments being floated for the Route 120 corridor. Officials on Monday will also hear plans to build 98 new housing units on Mount Support Road.

Vermont-based developer The Braverman Co. hopes to construct two buildings at 402 Mount Support Road, a roughly 6.5-acre lot about a mile south of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Each building would house 48 to 50 units and offer underground or covered parking, Ken Braverman, the company’s president, wrote in a June 7 letter to the Planning Board.

Braverman declined to comment on the project when reached on Wednesday.

Two other major housing developments are already in the works for neighboring parcels on Mount Support Road.

Dartmouth College began searching in May for a developer to build and manage a 300-unit apartment complex on 53 acres it owns at 401 Mount Support Road.

The roughly $50 million project is meant to house Dartmouth’s graduate students, the majority of whom can’t find housing on campus, officials said at the time.

Meanwhile, a Massachusetts-based developer hopes to build 250 apartments on a 75-acre lot next door. Development firm Saxon Partners said in April that it hopes to construct a campus of one-bedroom and studio apartments marketed to employees of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

The hospital, which employs more than 5,000 people in Lebanon, announced late last year plans to build a $130 million expansion, which would include 60 new inpatient beds, a new parking garage and additional rooms in the emergency department.

Those additions are expected to create 300 new positions and likely increase demand for workforce housing in the city.

All three Mount Support Road projects will likely have to wait until January before development is feasible, given Lebanon’s sewer limitations.

City officials early next year hope to loosen a partial building moratorium created in 2017 after engineers found that a sewer interceptor running from downtown to the sewage treatment facility in West Lebanon was nearing capacity.

A roughly $1 million effort expected to double capacity is scheduled to be completed in December, City Manager Shaun Mulholland said Wednesday. He also predicted the City Council will take steps to create new sewer standards that would open the system up to more development.

The Planning Board is scheduled to discuss both the proposed Etna Road and Mount Support Road developments during its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Lebanon City Hall.

Tim Camerato can be reached at tcamerato@vnews.com or 603-727-3223.