People and Property: Real Estate and Construction News From Around NH
All NH Christmas Tree Shops to remain open, NHDRA program offers homeowners tax relief, Chhom to head Manchester Development Corp. board … and more
Christmas Tree Shops closing 10 stores, none in New Hampshire
Discount retailer Christmas Tree Shops, which filed for bankruptcy protection last week, has announced the locations of the 10 stores it said it would be closing – and none of them are in New Hampshire.
The chain, which has about 80 stores nationwide, said the stores would be shuttered by June 30.
Among the stores, two are in Massachusetts – in Sagamore and Falmout — two are in New York, two are in Pennsylvania, one is in Virginia, one in Michigan, one in Georgia and one in Florida.
The four Christmas Tree shops in New Hampshire – in Nashua, Salem, Portsmouth and North Conway – all will be remaining open, the company said.
NHDRA program offers property tax relief to homeowners
The NH Department of Revenue Administration’s Low and Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief program aims to provide sone tax relief to eligible Granite State homeowners.
Single homeowners earning up to $37,000 per year and married homeowners earning up to $47,000 per year can apply for relief from the state no later than June 30. The maximum homestead value that may qualify for an award is $220,000, and the applicant has to have resided there as of April 1, 2022.
Last year, NHDRA said it distributed approximately $1.4 million in tax relief to eligible New Hampshire homeowners and has distributed nearly $47.5 million since the program’s inception in 2002.
Applicants are encouraged to file their claim electronically using the DRA’s Granite Tax Connect (GTC) online portal at www.revenue.nh.gov/gtc. For applicants wishing to file their claim on paper, the application form (Form DP-8) is available on NHDRA’s website at www.revenue.nh.gov/forms/low-moderate.htm. Older versions of the form will not be accepted. Program applicants are required to submit their individual income tax returns and final property tax bill for 2022, with the application.
For more information, call 603-230-5920.
Manchester Development Corp. board elects new leadership team
Amy Chhom of Manchester has been unanimously elected to serve as chair of the Manchester Development Corp. board.. Chhom, currently vice president of ROC USA, a nonprofit that supports resident-owned manufactured housing communities, has long been involved in real estate development in the Queen City.
Other new board officers elected were Roland Martin, president of Cornerstone PDC, vice chair; Steve Scheiner of St. Mary’s Bank, treasurer; and Maria Mongan, a nonprofit leader and former Verizon executive, secretary.
Newly elected members of the board include: Michael Harrington of Harrington & Company and former chair of the Manchester Planning Board; Joshua Wright, senior vice president of investments at Wells Fargo; and attorney Rebecca Kane of Devine Millimet.
Lakeview developments launches development in Tuftonboro
Ridge Field Corner, a new luxury community in Tuftonboro, is being developed by Lakeview Developments of Wolfeboro. The development features 23 lots and almost 50 acres of common land.
Charles Seyegh, Lakeview Developments’ managing partner, called the development “a unique development like no other in the heart of the Lakes Region.” He described it as “just minutes from Lake Winnipesaukee downtown Wolfeboro, lakeshore dining and marinas.”
The development is being marketed by The Dow Group of Wolfeboro.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Manchester-Airport sold
The sale of Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Manchester Airport on S. Porter Street in Manchester has been acquired by Manchester Hospitality.
CBRE’s Dave McElroy and Scott Hutchinson of CBRE Hotel Brokerage and Investment Sales represented the seller, the Singer family of Manchester, in the transaction.
Opened in 2003, the hotel is less than four miles from the Manchester-Boston regional airport. It has 108 rooms, and an indoor pool, fitness center and meeting space.
Donation supports gasholder preservation effort in Concord
A former Concord resident has arranged a $20,000 donation to boost the effort to restore Concord’s historic gasholder.
Brian Quinn, a Concord native, said he learned about the “Save our Gasholder”effort launched by the NH Preservation Alliance on a visit to see his family and contributed to the project with a $20,000 grant to the alliance through his work at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The gift was a discretionary grant made through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President’s Grant Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation.
The Preservation Alliance leads an effort to help Liberty Utilities, which owners the building, Concord and others redevelop the site, which they call “a catalyst for revitalizing the city’s southern gateway.”
Mascoma Valley district wins $100k energy prize
The Mascoma Valley Regional School District is among 25 districts nationwide to be awarded $100,000 to establish, train and support energy managers in their schools, according to an announcement from the state’s congressional delegation.
The award, the Energy Champions Leading Advancement of Sustainable Schools Prize (Energy CLASS Prize) grants are funded by the bipartisan infrastructure law.
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said the award “will go a long way in helping schools in the Upper Valley support energy managers to lower schools’ energy costs, improve indoor air quality and bolster the district’s climate resilience.”
Haven plans new Seacoast hub
Haven, the nonprofit that aids victims of sexual assault and family violence throughout the Seacoast, has announced plans to create a central hub in Portsmouth for all support services, including temporary housing after being awarded a $2 million U.S. Housing and Urban Development grant to support the new center.
The organization said it is currently seeking a location in Portsmouth that can accommodate the new center. Preliminary plans are for a facility that will include office space for the growing staff, provide confidential meeting and education space, and an attached temporary
housing structure that would provide 13 units of emergency housing. HAVEN will continue to have satellite offices in Epping and Rochester.
Jewett promotes two
Jewett Construction is pleased has announced the promotion of Nate Weeks and Jon Warner to new positions in the company. Weeks will be taking on the role of director of estimating, and Jon Warner will be stepping into the position of project executive.
Weeks has been with Jewett for six years and began his career in March 2017 as a pre-construction assistant. Warner has been began his career with the company in June 2013 as a construction intern.