78 units of housing proposed for Washington Street in Claremont

Valley News Correspondent
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

CLAREMONT — The Planning Board got a preliminary look at a proposed 78-unit housing development at the eastern end of Washington Street that would have five duplexes and a multifamily building. The large building would have 68 units for residents 55 and older.

On Monday, property owner Wayne McCutcheon gave the board a conceptual review with drawings for the development on about 20 acres at 492 and 480 Washington St., roughly a quarter-mile east and across the street from Home Depot in Claremont. He will return to the board with a site plan at a later date.

The development would be accessed by a new, private 1,250-foot road off Washington  Street with five duplexes on the left, abutting the property’s western boundary. The multifamily building would be located on the eastern edge of the property and be accessed from the end of the new road.

McCutcheon said the five duplexes would have two, 1,400 square-foot family units and the multifamily building would have one and two bedroom units. He said the duplexes would be designed similar to Southbrook condominiums on South Street near the middle school.

McCutcheon and his wife Jean live in a house on the property and he said that would remain, as would two barns. Other aspects of the plan include a new left-hand turning lane on Washington Street into the development. The units would be connected to city water and sewer and all power lines would be underground.

In May 2015 there was a presentation at the Claremont Senior Center by the leasing and marketing manager of Quail Hollow in West Lebanon and many in the audience agreed that a similar senior housing development is needed in Claremont.  McCutcheon contacted the senior center’s executive director at the time and suggested his land but those plans never developed.

However, as an initial step to a development with 14 duplexes and a 60-unit building, he received two variances from the Zoning Board of Adjustment in 2016. The first allows multi-unit housing in the rural residential 2 district and the second reduces the required lot size for each unit to 10,000 square feet, or a quarter acre, from 30,000 square feet, or three-quarters of an acre.

Patrick O’Grady can be reached at pogclmt@gmail.com.