Real Estate and Construction News Rundown
Portsmouth gas infrastructure upgrades, Hutter’s Concord project, groundbreaking in Plymouth … and more
Unitil has begun upgrading the natural gas infrastructure in downtown Portsmouth near Portwalk Place, with the goal of making the system more efficient and reliable for the entire community.
As construction on Portwalk Place’s third phase continues, Unitil is replacing older steel pipes in the surrounding area with high-density plastic pipe. So far, Unitil has laid more than 2,500 feet of non-corrosive plastic pipe in and around the downtown area, allowing the natural gas system to operate at an elevated, more consistent pressure similar to other areas of the city.
As part of the project, Unitil is implementing an innovative GPS location system for all new pipe laid in the ground. Moving forward, Unitil will have access to a robust database of infrastructure information that will make the system smarter and make maintenance and repairs more efficient.
Concord Housing + Redevelopment has chosen Hutter Construction of New Ipswich on a renovation project that will provide for special needs housing in the Capital City. Hutter estimates that the project will take four months to complete. New Hampshire Housing’s recently approved a $500,000 loan for renovation of space in the John F. Kennedy public housing complex to make them accessible and designed for people who need additional services to help them live independently. Once built, a total of six new, one-bedroom units will be available – three of which will be located in the original Concord Housing Authority offices and three of which will be located in the former theatre.
Concord Commercial Real Estate has announced the sale of 701 Riverwood Drive, Pembroke, to Izzy Industries, owned by Zach Morley and Scott Johnson. The seller, National Powersports, owned by Nate Sanel and Amy Sanel, moved to a larger facility at 319 Commerce Way, Pembroke, to support the growth of their business, which sells and consigns motorcycles worldwide. Izzy, formerly located in Hopkinton, purchased the building at Riverwood Drive to support the expansion of its business, which manufactures and distributes telecommunication and electrical supply products. Brenda Litchfield of Concord Commercial represented National Powersports and facilitated the transaction for Izzy Industries.
Wilton-based ROK Builders, the hotel construction affiliate of Roedel Companies LLC, has renovated three Hampton Inns for Intercoastal Property Services in Raleigh, N.C., Beaumont, Texas, and Cumberland, Georgia. ROK implemented Hampton Inn’s design approach, called the Perfect Mix Design, into each hotel which adapts throughout the day to meet the needs of guests, creates an inviting space that is an extension of the guest room, and promotes socialization.
Children’s Dentistry of the Lakes Region and Kennell Orthodontics recently celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of their new office building to be located at Boulder Point, off the Tenney Mountain Highway in Plymouth. Working with architect Misiaszek Turpin PLLC and Bonnette, Page & Stone Corp. as the construction management partner, the dental practices broke ground on a new 6,500-square-foot office building. Completion is scheduled for the spring of 2014.
Dubois & King and Barker Architects are working to restore and repurpose the Exeter depot baggage building into a ticket facility for Amtrak’s Downeaster. The 700-square-foot stone building was once part of an active passenger rail station.
Some 10,000 square feet of warehouse space at 139 Flightline Drive at Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth has been subleased to Rand-Whitney Container LLC by Phoenix Telecom NC LLC. David Choate and Andrew Ward of Colliers International|New Hampshire’s Portsmouth office represented Phoenix, and Kent White of CBRE|Portsmouth represented Rand-Whitney.
North Branch Construction of Concord has completed the 2,000-square-foot renovation of the Community Resources for Justice Hampshire House secure facility in Manchester. The American Correctional Association-accredited Hampshire House, located on Elm Street, serves as a residential halfway house for both men and women. Construction included expansion of the resident dining area, renovation of two offices, and renovation of a woman’s dorm and bathroom.