People and Property: Real Estate and Construction News From Around NH

Hometeam Donation Photo

Merrimack County Savings Bank has again given support to HOMEteam program’s work of offering home ownership seminars across the state. Shown at the bank’s donation of $7,500 to the organization, are, from left: Vanessa LeBlanc, Niki Boutin and Pamela Starr, Paul McLaughlin, home ownership director at NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire, and Deborah Stoodley.

After a 47-year career operating Decorative Interiors in Laconia, Marcia Cotterand Stephen Cotter have retired from the business they founded in 1975. The business, created to serve Lakes Region clients’ paint, wallpaper and flooring needs, grew in that time into an interior design showroom that serves homeowners and contractors in both remodeling and new construction projects that includes a variety of interior finish products including kitchens and bathrooms. The business remains in the hands of the Cotters’ daughter, Stephanie Wentworth, who oversees a team of experienced professionals.

A lot of news from North Branch Construction: First, the Concord-based company recently completed construction at Bagdad Wood Senior Apartments in Durham, a $6.5 million, 29,188-square-foot project that included a new three-story addition that provides an additional 26 senior housing apartments, site improvements, changes and additions to parking areas, and renovations of existing common area spaces. Lassel Architects of South Berwick, Maine provided architectural design services.

Also at North Branch: Kevin Zins of Londonderry has joined the firm as project superintendent. He has over 40 years of commercial and residential construction experience in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and recently retired as battalion chief after a 36-year career with the Londonderry Fire Department. Ken Dufresneof Canterbury also has joined the firm as a project superintendent. He has over 20 years of commercial construction experience. Kristine McDevitt joins North Branch as project engineer. She has experience overseeing complex, deadline-driven projects and developing and managing the financial and contractual components of the project. And Kelli Mackay has been hired as accounts payable and human resources assistant.

North Branch also has been awarded a 2022 Energy Star Residential New Construction Market Leader Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. The Energy Star Residential New Construction program presents Market Leader Awards to outstanding partners that have made important contributions to energy-efficient construction and environmental protection by building or verifying an outstanding number of Energy Star certified homes and apartments.

NH Preservation Alliance’s Old House & Barn Detective Workshop will be held form 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Roaring Creek Farm, 1260 Dartmouth College Highway, North Haverhill. The workshop will feature historic preservation experts Ian Blackman of Ian Blackman LLC Restoration & Preservationand Steve Bedard of Bedard Preservation & Restoration. Space is limited. Cost is $35 for NHPA members and $450 for non-members. To register, visit,

Hancock Associates, a provider of land surveying, civil engineering and wetland science services, has announced that James M. O’Neil of Bedford, NH, has joined the firm as survey manager in its Chelmsford, Mass., office.

The Manchester Development Corp. has named Suzanne Brunelle as its new chair. Brunelle, an attorney and a shareholder with the law firm of Devine Millimet, succeeds longtime chair William Craig.

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