Board OKs church expansion

The Pilgrim Church of Nashua at 4 Watson St. has received the go-ahead from the Planning Board to build a one-story, 5,170-square-foot addition.

According to project engineer Jeffrey Lewis, the new space will be used for offices and classrooms for the church’s day-care program.

In approving the plan unanimously, the board granted a waiver that will allow the site to have just 55 parking spaces, while city regulations would require an additional 28 spaces.

In a report to the board, Deputy Planning Manager Mike Yeomans said the plan would significantly narrow the driveway on the west side of the site, from 70 feet to 24 feet, for drainage purposes.

Yeomans, Lewis and church officials said the 55 parking spaces are sufficient to meet the church’s needs.

No one appeared before the board to oppose the plan.