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Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 3 weeks, 4 days ago
We couldn't agree any more! That is exactly what you will find proposed in the TOD plan.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 3 weeks, 4 days ago
Hi Max, I appreciate your desire for authentic and lasting architecture in the project area, unfortunately, working with things like load bearing masonry significantly drive up the cost of construction and then in-turn rents for tenants. Because of the cost of construction, especially labor, is already so expensive, it is unlikely we will see any developers putting forward proposals for the type of building your describing. Just know we are sympathetic to your cause!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 3 weeks, 4 days ago
These are all great ideas, thank you for sharing Donald. The TOD plan envisions an early "Pilot" project for the Gaslight district, to make Franklin Street an activated and pedestrian oriented connection between Downtown and Market Basket. This would not cost too much and would really create and exciting environment for play and retail activity.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 3 weeks, 4 days ago
Hi Donald, One of the issues we heard alot from participants in the visioning session was that there were few ways to enter and exit the Heritage Trail along the waters edge. To address this, the TOD Plan envisions a few new access points to connect the Rivers edge across the prominent barrier of the Active rail lines. The plan calls for 3-4 new connections across the tracks so more places can directly access the river.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 3 weeks, 4 days ago
Hi John and Abby, Thank you for your comments on the TOD plan! I want to assure you, Market Basket has no plans to leave downtown, nor does this plan suggest they leave. In-fact, during the public outreach period of plan development, Market Basket was identified as the primary anchor for why people visit the project area. What you are seeing in the TOD plan IS development on their site, but not to preclude the Market Basket staying. The concept of Transit-Oriented is that people will be able to make other choices besides driving a car to conduct most of their daily trips. The TOD Plan envisions a format where transit, biking, and walking can all have equal if not superior access to the destinations with the TOD area. Groceries are among those destinations. There are many urban format grocery stores that exist in America, Manchester is not really familiar with this type of development due to how very rural the state is.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 3 weeks, 4 days ago
Thanks for the comments Donald and Gordon. There are several reasons why a broad vision for implementing real estate is important. Coordination of utilities, infrastructure, and public investment are among some of the reasons, but arguably the most important reason is to validate the overall direction of real estate investment. A plan like the TOD plan provides a process to test concepts of development, density, and design against public input to determine if the community supports such an ambitious build-out. This in-turn reduces risk for developers who follow the plan, because their is a predictable public opinion about the already proposed development. This type of validation and risk reduction can instigate real estate investment years before it would happen organically, and that is priceless.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 month, 1 week ago
Homeless populations are resourceful and will make use of underutilized space for their needs. Especially if that space provides the dignity of privacy and peace. While walking along the RR tracks, we were struck by just how private and peaceful the space can be. By investing in the area and building new uses that attract people to live, work, and play in the area. It helps alleviate the underlying conditions you mention. New human activity is the deterrent to anti-social behavior.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 month, 1 week ago
This is a big issue, one that requires national attention to address properly. We share your concern for the Homeless Judy.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 month, 1 week ago
What a great vision. Thank you for the input Judy.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 month, 1 week ago
Interesting. I know the Millyard is a Historic District. I don't know if Elm Street has a similar district as well.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 month, 1 week ago
Thanks for sharing Judy.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 month, 1 week ago
The buildings in the Gaslight are fun and funky. They bring alot of character to the city!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 month, 1 week ago
We share your concern. It is a complex issue that is larger that just Manchester or New Hampshire for that matter.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 month, 1 week ago
We agree! Thank you for sharing.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 month, 1 week ago
HI Judy, We share your concern for the unhoused among us. The challenge is much deeper than we can solve in the TOD plan. The housing issue is a national one and required Federal policy to be addressed properly. I would suggest reaching out to your representatives from Congress and Senate to share your concerns with them. Every voice counts on this subject!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 month, 1 week ago
Hi John, Love the notion. The development in Portsmouth does have the right nod to traditional details and materials while still feeling modern. Kind of like the new hotel just completed next to the SNHU Arena.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 month, 1 week ago
That is unfortunate, this TOD Plan helps set the stage for coordinated and successful outcomes in the future! Having a comprehensive plan helps guide the city's elected officials and staff in their decision-making moving forward.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 month, 1 week ago
What a great idea. We could not agree more!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 month, 1 week ago
Hi Molly, With the TOD plan, it is important to prioritize ease of mobility from other modes of transportation such as walking and biking before driving. This is an incentive for people who use the neighborhood to "skip the car" when making trips. A safe, clean, well-lit garage really comes down to good management practices. It may make sense for the garage to be managed separately from the City's other parking facilities to ensure these qualities are achieved.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 month, 1 week ago
There is a phase one infrastructure investment known as the "BUILD Grant" in which the City's of Manchester builds a new crossing of the RR tracks. This will allow for an easy and safe pedestrian and bicycle connection between the Fishercats Stadium and Market Basket.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 month, 1 week ago
Thanks for the feedback Molly.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 month, 1 week ago
Hi Molly, Downtown is a diverse environment, one that is open to participation by people of all walks and backgrounds. Perhaps that is part of why walkable places across the globe are growing in popularity!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 month, 1 week ago
Hi Molly, With the revelation of the COVID pandemic, we are not seeing the silver lining of active streets in Downtown. It is an exciting time to be part of place-making in Downtown. This includes advocating for improvements to pedestrian first infrastructure such as better sidewalks and crosswalks. Thank you for the feedback!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 month, 1 week ago
Hi Molly, We agree that this is a critically important first step. The existing downtown and Millyard are largely outside the study area for the TOD Plan. Luckily there is a plan from Manchester Connects for just what you are talking about. In-fact, the TOD is born out of that initiative. I recommend you check out the Manchester Connects four park Implementation Kit at the following link:
https://mhtconnects.org/
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 month, 1 week ago
We will be sure to leave the mood lighting on for you. :)
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 month, 1 week ago
Hi Zach, right on! The Draft TOD Plan does recommend just that for the TOD Study Area. It makes sense that the Envisioned TOD development would look alot like the existing downtown in terms of form.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 month, 1 week ago
Hi John, The was a point of much discussion during the planning process. The short answer is, that Market Basket never leaves... It may take a different, more urban form where it is the first floor of a much larger building. Admittedly, this is a complex and expensive proposition. One that would only be motivated by high demand for real estate next to an active commuter rail station. The conversion of the Market Basket site into something more dense is likely something that is pretty far into the horizon.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 month, 1 week ago
Hi Sean, One of the challenges of trying to put cars in their appropriate space is the RDV (Redevelopment Zone) which a good portion of the plan is in. It is fairly easy to build large parking lots and drive-thrus in this zone. The Draft TOD Plan makes some core recommendations around placing parking behind the building and maintaining a continuous and active street facade.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 month, 1 week ago
We like where your thinking is Sean. In-fact one of the next steps to come out of this plan is for the Board of Mayor and Alderman to consider endorsement of the Final TOD plan as supplemental to the City's current Master Plan Update currently underway.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Bob, that sounds like a great foundation for a Transit-Oriented Development Plan. Thank you for sharing!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Very cool idea K. I believe the City of Nashua has a similar concept where they work with the Andres Institute to invite sculpture artists from all around the world to make art in the Downtown each summer. You could talk to them about the idea and see if they have an interest in working in Manchester too.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks for sharing Tom! Make sure to sign up for notices with CoUrbanize. In a few days we will be publishing the Draft TOD plan. Then it is posted here, you will get an email notifying you it is available for review.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Hi Bob, there are two types of buses serving the Manchester Region. Inter-city buses such as Boston Express and Intra-city bus, also known as Manchester Transit Authority or MTA for short. MTA runs regular service within the city. Most MTA routes run on a one hour loop and the overall system is designed to serve the most geography possible. On the other hand inter-city bus service between Boston and the Manchester region operates at trip intervals similar to commuter rail. Unfortunately, Boston Express only stops in Manchester city center once daily (pre-Covid). This leaves the TOD study area without connections to quality regional transit options. But the TOD plan does not rely on Commuter Rail for successful outcomes. The TOD plan focuses on building strong connections between high quality jobs in the Manchester Millyard and new housing options within the TOD study area. Infact, the TOD plan program envisions approximately 1,800 units of new housing being connected to jobs in the Millyard by a active transportation and local public transit modes. This relationship will strengthen the Millyards efforts at talent recruitment and provide exciting new lifestyle choices close to all the action of Downtown Manchester. A win-win!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Hi Bob. Thank you for your interest in the Manchester TOD plan. We will be releasing the Draft TOD in just a few short days, we encourage you to sign up to the courbanize page so you will receive an email notice when the plan is published! In the meantime, you can visit the INFO tab at the top of this page to find all the documents published over the last year. Additionally, we have been providing regular updates on the plan which you can find in the UPDATES tab. Let us know if there is anything else you are looking for prior to the publishing of the Draft TOD plan. If it is not already published information, we can get it posted for public viewing.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Colin, thank you for sharing that description of the potential for the station area. We will be releasing the Draft TOD in just a few short days, we encourage you to sign up to the courbanize page so you will receive an email notice when the plan is published!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thank's for sharing that Brendan, we will show this crossing in the Draft TOD plan.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 4 months, 3 weeks ago
We agree and think it is important to ensure people can get over the rail tracks to get to the river, that is why two new pedestrian crossing locations will be shown in the Draft TOD Plan.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 4 months, 3 weeks ago
We agree Steve, you will see this building is a focal point in the Draft TOD plan.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 4 months, 3 weeks ago
You bring up a great point Steve. It is important for everyone to realize this TOD project is not intended to satisfy everyone's needs. The development plan emphasizes the connection between housing and jobs through shuttle service that is superior to driving a car. That is not an easy goal to achieve. To do that, parking needs to be appripriately priced and transit service needs to be fast, frequent, and direct. If someone wants to live in the TOD area and commute by car to say... Keene. They are going to find there are more conveinient, less costly places they can live.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Bus Service is hugely important, Manchester Transit Authority is always striving to improve service including through improvements to frequency and quality of their routes.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 4 months, 3 weeks ago
You both will be happy to know that the Draft TOD plan envisions the preservation of this Switchtower in line with the City's BUILD grant submission!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Hi Jim, if you commute by car regularly and plan to continue to do so, living in a Transit-Oriented neighborhood may not provide you any advantages in terms of connecting to your place of employment, that said you would be able to live a walkable bikable community and that is in high demand these days!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 4 months, 3 weeks ago
We hear you. Thanks!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks for sharing Lowell.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 4 months, 3 weeks ago
During scenario planning three different rail locations were vetted, the location just south of Market Basket was selected for advancement to the Draft TOD Planning phase.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Very cool, thank you for sharing!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 4 months, 3 weeks ago
John, thank you for sharing this thought and the video. Really interesting stuff. You will be happy to know that the Millyard Shuttle concept was the top priority to come out of the TOD visioning session held back in January. Your on to something!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks Rosa, putting the community first is a priority.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Lucas, these are all such fun ideas, hopefully we can see all of them happen over time.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Anytime Carla, thank you for taking an interest in this project!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks for sharing Lucas! The TOD sits right in the middle of several Rail Trail connections, we too think bicycle infrastructure is critical to future success.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thank you Lowell.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks for sharing Keith.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks for sharing Lucas! The TOD sits right in the middle of several Rail Trail connections, we too think bicycle infrastructure is critical to future success.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 4 months, 4 weeks ago
Thanks for sharing those thoughts Chip!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 5 months ago
Hi Rosa, will be excited to hear that such a project in Manchester is underway. It is called the Factory on Willow. There is a web page for it right here: https://www.factoryonwillow.com/
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 5 months ago
We couldn't agree any more.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 5 months ago
Hi Rosa, could you share some more about this challenge? In what ways were you thinking about in term of access challenges? By Car, By Foot, something else?
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 5 months ago
Thanks for your input Lucas.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 6 months, 2 weeks ago
In the City's BUILD grant application, they illustrated a foot-bridge going over Granite Street at Commercial Street intersection. That is pretty close to this location as well.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 6 months, 2 weeks ago
HI John, South Willow Street is outside of our defined study area. We cannot change that at this point in the project. That said, you are right! There is a tremendous amount of opportunity around S. Willow, especially with the walking path in the back of the west side of the road.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Yes, unfortunately the power company is a public utility that is overseen by a utility commission. The commission stringently reviews all utility costs and approves the setting of rates. It would be possible for Manchester to establish a utility betterment district for the city center and then use the funds to start burying lines but that is unlikely without vast amounts of political support. It is a really good idea but sadly unlikely to happen. New construction on the other hand is mandated to bury lines during improvements.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 6 months, 2 weeks ago
This is a really interesting project. Thank you for sharing it with us!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 6 months, 2 weeks ago
The City's likely to resubmit for the BUILD grant in which case, this new connection is certain to be part of the improvements recommended.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 6 months, 2 weeks ago
I wonder if this is something a community group could take on as a project in the near term.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 6 months, 2 weeks ago
That would be a great community mapping exercise.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Hi dave, happy to chat anytime! We have a "Request a Chat" tab on this website. Head over to the tab and put in a request for a one-on-one chat. You can be my first community member to do so!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Hi John, Montreal is a wonderful Transit-Oriented city. There are lots of ways to get around without a car in that city. Montreal has a vast network of on-street bike lanes. Some are separated by a curb, others are in the travel lane, yet others are contraflow on one-way streets. It results in very high bicycle usage in a city that see much colder and harsher winters than Manchester! It goes to show that building and maintaining infrastructure for bicycles results in bicycle ridership.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks for sharing Sader. Sidewalk maintenance is certainly something this TOD project will need to address.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Thank you for sharing that thought Sader.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Thank you for sharing!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Hi Sader. Granite street already has a crossing of the railroad tracks between Commercial and Canal Street. There is a long stretch all the way to Queen City Avenue where there are no other crossings. The question is asking people to consider where along that stretch is the best location for a new crossing. Currently the City of Manchester is considering a new crossing just south of Market Basket.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Thank you for sharing Sader. Sounds like you want to see the addition of both suburban housing and urban housing in the city center.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Hi Sader A. That is something we want to consider with the community. What types of units are appropriate for the city? That is something you can share your opinion on.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Hi Sader A. That is something we want to consider with the community. What types of units are appropriate for the city?
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Thank you for sharing that Ellen.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 7 months ago
Hi John, the city's BUILD grant envisioned just what your speaking of. Certainly limiting the use of drive-thru services in challenging intersections would be a big step towards resolving these issues.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 7 months ago
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this Amy!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 7 months ago
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this Carol!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 7 months ago
Hi Amy think you for your comment. Your point is valid. Perhaps the City should allow more surface parking lots to serve as Snow Emergency lots. For the TOD area, there is an emphasis on alternative modes of transportation and parking as a utility. That said, on-street parking will need to go somewhere during a snow emergency.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 7 months ago
Thank you for the comment John. Power lines are always a challenge when working in existing roadways. Where possible electrical services should be placed underground. Especially when working with new construction.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 7 months ago
Hi Deidre, There are many parts of the region which are actively being developed. Take Bedford for example. The development model for Bedford is Single Family homes. Housing options are needed across the spectrum of types. Not just single family homes, but garden apartments, condos, walk-ups in the city and so on.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 7 months ago
Occupancy of property in the city is at a historic low. Vacancy rate of rental units is at approximately 1%. A health vacancy rate is about 5% to 8%. The reason these rates are so low has to do with the difficult in producing development. City Zoning, Site Plan, and Building regulations along with fees, material and labor costs make it very difficult for developers to obtain a profit margin that justifies the investment in new construction.

Developers have to ask themselves "Will this investment yield a higher rate of return than what can be achieved in the stock market?" If not, a developer will not be able to attract investors needed to provide the cash needed to build a new building.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 7 months ago
To overcome this, cities and towns can more clearly plan for infrastructure investments so development is coordinated across multiple owners in a manner that serves the public interest. The Manchester TOD project is designed specifically to achieve this goal. With thoughtful planning, the City can be proactive in setting goals for development of this underutilized
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 7 months ago
Hi Deidre, thank you for sharing your thoughts!

The Manchester Zoning Rules can be read here: https://www.manchesternh.gov/pcd/Regulations/ZoningOrdinance.pdf
On Page 63 you can see the Dimensional Regulations for the Redevelopment Zone (which is the zone most of the project area is in). Lots must be a minimum 10,000 sf. and have a 100' lot frontage. A minimum lot would be 100'x100' which is much larger than almost all of the existing housing lots in the project area.

Your comment about infrastructure is highly relevant to this discussion of TOD development. The primary reason development has not taken place in the study area over the last 60 years is due to the lack of existing infrastructure in the study area. There is a need for new power, sewer, water, roads, ect.

Today, when a developer builds a project, the City typically makes it the responsibility of the developer to build these utilities. (There are major exceptions were the city subsidies development, like BAE moving into the city.) Traditionally, cities laid out their own street grids and infrastructure networks which ensured the infrastructure costs stayed within the means of the city's maintenance capacity. Because developers interest are not aligned with the general interests of the city at-large they often make development and infrastructure decisions that preclude additional development by others and burden the city with maintenance down the road.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Thank you for sharing Jim.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Thank you for sharing.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Thank you for sharing Jim.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 7 months, 2 weeks ago
This bit of rail bed is a missing link for a much larger bicycle network. Thank you for sharing Richard.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Richard, that is a wonderful insight. Thank you for sharing!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Is there an upper limit to growth? How tight does the housing market have to get before businesses start locating in other cities?
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 7 months, 2 weeks ago
The city has a preference for a location behind Market Basket. The highlighted this location in a recent federal grant application request.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 7 months, 2 weeks ago
A cultural value shift is needed, great observation Richard.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Spot on Richard. We could not agree more... For public transportation to move beyond the car, it needs to be supported by a minimum density. This is another key of successful TOD projects.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 7 months, 2 weeks ago
As we see it, there is only one solution to the housing shortage. Manchester has to build its way out of it. The choice lies somewhere between building 2,000 single unit buildings and building one 2,000 unit building. We are hoping the community can give us insight into the best mix of small, medium, and large scale buildings and if they are spread out on the edge of the city or concentrated in the urban core.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Having a variety of housing choices co-located with a variety of things to do and places to work is key to successful TOD development!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 7 months, 2 weeks ago
We love the bicycle storage facility at Union Station in Washington D.C. It is a great last mile solution for people riding into the city on commuter rail! Here is a link to the bike station you are referring to. https://goo.gl/maps/ZVVVdYtyGAqvZg7d6
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Thank you both for sharing your thoughts on this! Having quality environments to walk in/along is critical to successful TOD. Bringing the buildings up to the edge of the sidewalk and then protecting the sidewalk with on-street parking creates a more pleasant, interesting, and useful walk.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 8 months, 2 weeks ago
Great suggestion! Nashua recently completed a project similar to this in the City's Historic Fire Station. Artists are using 10x10 work spaces in what was an empty space for over 10 years.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 9 months, 1 week ago
Hi Kristen, there are definitely opportunities for transit-oriented development on the West Side! Unfortunately, the study area for this TOD project is fixed, we certainly would want to hear any ideas you have regardless of the location. It will help inform the deign team's decision-making as they produce development scenarios.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 10 months, 1 week ago
We will be sure to pay a visit to that location to scope out the view. Thanks Brendan!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 10 months, 2 weeks ago
We could not agree more! Thank you for sharing Bill.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Thank you for taking an interest in this project!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 10 months, 2 weeks ago
While parking is important to the overall development of the study area, parking to access the rail trail in the urban core is likely not going to take higher priority than new housing or other programming.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Great point Brendan, There is an existing easement in place that allows people to cross here, but formalizing that crossing with improvements is challenging due to coordination with the railroad company.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 10 months, 2 weeks ago
What a great idea Brendan! Thank you for sharing.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 11 months, 1 week ago
From our understanding of the BUILD grant application, that would be the case.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 11 months, 2 weeks ago
Great point Pou, the Design Team will be taking a hard look at the layout of Queen City Avenue throughout the project area to determine if there are opportunities to improve both pedestrian access and safety as well as vehicular movement.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 11 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks for the comment Pou. We wonder if some better marked on-street parking may help as well. The on-street parking would offer new spaces while also protecting pedestrians from passing cars.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 11 months, 2 weeks ago
Hi Pou, Are you talking about the intersection of the rail trail with Blane Street?
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 11 months, 2 weeks ago
Us too! Thanks for the comment John.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 11 months, 2 weeks ago
Hi John, thank you for the comment. Best we understand, the City is looking at the potential of closing the Depot Street closing as a trade with Pan Am to open a new crossing adjacent (just east) of the baseball stadium. A connection that would offer a better connection from SNHU and the stadium to Elm Street and points east.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year ago
Hi Joe, glad to see community members pointing out maintenance needs. If you have not already, I recommend you add this as a request to Manchester's online maintenance request service. You can add you request for service here:
https://seeclickfix.com/manchester
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year ago
All great points! Thank you for sharing that Kevin.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year ago
All great points! Thanks for sharing Kevin.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year ago
Hi Peter, interesting comparison between Manchester and our neighboring Downtowns... While grant money can be exciting opportunity for new investment in walkablity, it is also a one-time infusion of capital. This planning effort will identify sustainable funding mechanisms to support recommended investments.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year ago
Hi Peter, great point about lighting and transportation. Crossing Granite Street on foot can make the Gas Light District seem further away than it really is. People desire safe and comfortable walks to their destination. Absent safety and comfort, people tend not to make the trip on foot. Better pedestrian infrastructure such as human scale crosswalks, sidewalks, lighting, and street-fronts will help facilitate a better connection between Downtown and the Gas Light District.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year ago
Great point Peter. There are already shuttle-like bus service in Downtown known as the Green Dash. This planning effort will build on existing resources to make a case for new development the study area. Speedy connections between this area of Elm Street and the Millyard will be important to facilitate Transit-Oriented Development.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year ago
Lovely idea Molly! Thank you for sharing your ideas with us. We will be sure to include it in our design discussions during scenario planning.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year ago
Great point about Granite Street. Lots of comments here about the challenges of crossing the street in this location. The design team will take this into account while developing plan scenarios. Thank you for the comment.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year ago
That is an interesting idea and something that has been proposed with a recent grant application by the City.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year ago
Thanks for sharing that comment Mike!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year ago
Good comment Mike. The design team will inquire with city staff about this location to see what may be happening next.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year ago
Great idea Jyl, thanks for sharing that comment!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year ago
We agree that the area is not the most welcoming in the City. We are interested to hear what the right approach would be for resolving it.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year ago
Great points Mike. It is so important to have people who can advocate for good upkeep of the area.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year ago
Great point Mike! Thank you for sharing your comment.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Hi Ron, great comment! You will be happy to know that the New Hampshire Department of transportation has funded both of the projects you mentioned through a program known as the "Transportation Alternatives Program". The City of Manchester Department of Public Works is project manger for both endeavors. We will be sure to ask them for a status update on both rail trail projects.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
The concept could be a way to separate local traffic from highway traffic as a way to increase East-West access for local residents.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Jeremy, what a great concept for Autonomous Vehicles! You may or may not know this but on September 18th the State of NH pass a bill creating a new Autonomous Vehicle Pilot Program which will operational in 90 days. There is a very real opportunity for Manchester to be the first community in the state to have an operational pilot project.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Great point about that (Loeb) Park (under Granite Street), most people would have no clue there is a park there unless they were attempting to walk on foot along the river. The park has a nice brick area and stairs down to the river. Certainly worth adding activities there to increase utility of the park.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Hi Jeremy, There are a few different ways the City could facilitate the use of this roadway. One way is that the City could "Discontinue" the roadway which would result in the ROW reverting to the owners on each side of the road's center-line. Half of the road would become part of the WMUR-TV 9 property, the other half would become part of Pan Am's property which is the active railroad line. The private property owners would then be free to develop the land to a higher and better use as they see fit. Conceptually, this idea aligns with what was proposed in the BUILD grant application the City recently submitted to the federal government. Also, the City's new master plan envisions more intense development of buildings in this area as well.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
This arrangement of Canal as one lane in each direction would have positive impacts on the size of the intersection of Canal Street and Granite Street which is within the project study area. The design team can take a look at how such an arrangement would impact geometry at that intersection. Thanks for the comment Jeremy!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Hi William, It is hard to know what the property owner motivations are without first talking to them. It is possible the owner has bigger plans for the property that require ripping down the existing building. The owner may be holding the land in hopes of a buyer coming along... Or possibly the owner does not have access to the investment capital needed to achieve positive cash flow for the building without already having a tenant. Any of these conditions could and do exist in downtowns. We will do our best to get in contact with the owner and ask them what their goals are and incorporate that information into the scenario planning. Thanks for the question William!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Hi Brenda, Great point! You will be happy to know the City recently approved a site plan for an old factory building on Willow Street that will include a new Bike Lane. That said, you observation is a good one. The design team will be sure to take a close look at that issue.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Hi Anthony, You are not the only one to express the sentiments that Gateway Park is an underutilized asset. In fact, the University of New Hampshire worked with the City of Manchester on developing a plan for improvements to the park which you can learn about here: https://extension.unh.edu/blog/gateway-park-integrated-design-project-day-1-inventory-analysis-and-assessment
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
The idea of a North-South Bicycle route on the West Side is a good one. Thank you for sharing Chip!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
That is a great idea, thank you for sharing! The parking under apartment or condo units is quickly becoming a popular layout for development. Seems like just the kind of development that would fit well in that location.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Thanks for the information Chip. We could not have known about that issue without input from people who travel the street network every day.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Hi Chip, We think you are on to something, so does the City of Manchester.

The City recently applied for a federal grant to build the connection you are referring to. You can read the "BUILD" grant application and get more information in the link below. The Manchester TOD Plan will take this grant application information into account as it develops planning scenarios.

http://www.manchesternh.gov/Portals/2/Departments/elected_officials/mayor/press_room/BUILD%20Grant%20Project%20Narrative.pdf?ver=2019-07-25-114140-820
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
That is a great vision Courtney! Often buses are seen as an option of last resort and a lot of that has to do with the convenience and cost of riding a bus vs. taking a car. While the bus system is focused on servicing a broad geographic area, this planning effort will identify ways transit can offer a convenient and cost effective alternative to the private automobile. It won't be able to serve everyone, everywhere but it will look at feasible service routes that create linkages between the project area and job centers. Thank you for the great comment!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Hi Courtney, Thank you for sharing that information with us. The finer details of how striping of lanes is impacting users often is the type of thing that often gets overlooked when viewing a map. It takes good input from the community to identify these issues.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Thank you for sharing that story Dave. There has been a lot of conversation about crossing Granite Street and the railroad tracks. It is nice to have a comment from someone who commutes the route add their comments too.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
What a neat idea, thanks for sharing Ron!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Fascinating idea Joe. Seems unrealistic but the idea has some merit. What if instead of moving the tracks we build buildings that take advantage of the hillside to make walkways that ease over the tracks? It could make it feel like the tracks are underground.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Thanks for the comment Joe. Who doesn't love Chocolate!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Thanks for the comment Zachary. One thing the design team will do is look at the total width of the road to see if there is an ability to modify the road by painting narrower lanes to make room for a bike lane. Keep an eye out for that in the planning scenarios.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Thanks for the comment Zachary. One thing the design team will do is look at the total width of the road to see if there is an ability to modify the road by painting narrower lanes to make room for a bike lane. Keep an eye out for that in the planning scenarios.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Hi Joe, Your comment about the walkway is understandable. The walkway can feel like an afterthought. There has been a lot of discussion about improvements to the general area which may be why something more permanent has not been built or proposed yet. The design team will certainly take this comment into consideration.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Hi Joe, Thanks for sharing that comment. We like Bass Island and the Dog Park too! We are not sure why construction materials are being staged on the island but believe it has something to do with the construction of the SNHU Parking Garage. We will look into what the owner has planned next for the parcel.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Hi Zachary, Great idea! You may or may not know about a proposal by the City to build the connection you suggested. The City recently submitted a "BUILD" grant to the federal government with the goal of funding a new crossing over the railroad as well as other investments.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Great comment Joe, We agree. It would be ideal to connect the Hands Across the Merrimack River to the future transit center as directly as possible.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
One of the things we noticed about Valley Cemetery was the limited number of entry points. Because of the arrangement of fence and gate, it is difficult to use the Cemetery as part of a daily walking or bicycle commute. Investments in access may go a long way to improve the experience of the cemetery for citizens.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Great point Brenda.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Chris, You have an interesting idea, unfortunately the study area for this project does not include most of Canal Street nor the portions we think you are referring to. For the part of Canal Street that is within the study area, the design team will certainly take a look at opportunities for pedestrian and bicycle improvements. Thank you for the comment!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Hi Chris, To the best of our knowledge, the City and the University of New Hampshire went through a collaborative planning process to improve the green space here. Additionally, the City has applied for funding to build a pedestrian bridge over Granite Street in this location. Manchester is waiting to hear back from the federal government regarding grant funding for this work. We will be sure to report back when we have an answer on funding and next steps. Thank you for the comment!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Hi Chris, We understand your sentiment, the vehicular traffic and road width at Granite Street does feel overwhelming when on foot or bicycle. The Transit-Oriented Development plan will propose improvements for the study area that will emphasize more comfortable walking and bicycling for citizens. Thank you for the thoughtful comment!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Hi Chris, Unfortunately the Transit-Oriented Development Plan does have limits in terms of study area. We will happily share this information with City of Manchester staff in Community Development and Department of Public Works.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Hi Chris, We too noticed the conditions students face when walking to Bakersville School. It is likely that Queen City Avenue may be a good candidate for application of the concepts found in "Context Sensitive Solution to Designing Major Urban Thoroughfares". You can read about those ideas here: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-11/documents/rp036.pdf

In short, proposals for improvements to Queen City Avenue will benefit from more detailed public dialogue during this planning process.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Chris, Thank you for your thoughtful insight! The design team will certainly be taking them your comments into consideration as they create a few scenario plans for street improvements and new development. The team will also be taking a close look at the bus routes as well.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Hi Lisa, What a creative idea! You have hit on some really important points. The idea of connection between Elm Street and the riverfront is paramount. The idea of using MTA's site for more intense development is also a good concept. To that point, MTA is looking at ways to leverage their property to improve transit options in the city. MTA is going to put the "T" in TOD. Thank you for sharing your thoughts for the design team to consider during the planning process.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Brenda, Thank you for your comment on the Elm Street sidewalks. A comfortable and inviting environment is key to encouraging more walking trips. A sidewalk that is easy to walk down and has visual elements to capture the walker's attention is an important element of Transit-Oriented Development. The planning team will make sure to design spaces that support walking, biking, and transit trips.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Brenda, Thank you for sharing your ideas on the map. The riverfront & Arms Park are a city gem and it would be great if more people could access it through new connections. The design team will take this into consideration during the design process.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Hi Brenda, We agree, the Bridges over the Merrimack River are intimidating for walking and bicycling. The design team will be looking at options for improving east-west access to the project area.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Brenda, What a great idea! Capitalizing on arena events to support transit to and from the study area will support development of South Elm.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
John, great suggestion! The key to good Transit-Oriented Development is to ensure there are enough uses and trips going to (and coming from) the project area to support transit investments. New residents and new destinations will be the key to supporting bus, rail, bicycle, and walking for this area.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Hi John, The idea of Tiny Homes came up over the weekend at the Planapalooza Events for the City's new master plan. We certainly will take the suggestion into consideration during the design process for the TOD plan.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Hi John, We understand the location you are referring to but are unaware of how the current situation came to be. Out understanding is that the City's Public Works staff have a strategy to build a new crossing over the railroad tracks that does not require further negotiation for easement or property at 90 South Commercial Street.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
We have heard suggestions to narrow crosswalks and also to put a footbridge over Granite Street. What kind of solutions would work best here?
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Hi Lauren, The southern portion of Elm Street certainly has a different feel than downtown. Between street improvements, and new buildings, this area will start to look more like Downtown over time. A real gem on Elm Street is the old stone bridge over the railroad tracks, we think it gives a great view of this part of the city!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Lauren, thank you for your input about the bike lanes on Elm Street. The Manchester TOD plan identify solutions for making streets within the study area safe, convenient, and comfortable for people walking and biking. Great comment!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
We love the idea that this area can "Go Green", we have been looking at other cities and how they are doing it and found the "Little Roady" pilot project in Providence, RI to be a great example. Check it out and let us know what you think!
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
This idea was also proposed in the City's BUILD grant application. If the city is awarded grant funding, you can expect that they will build such a bridge. Thank you for that comment.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Great idea William, You may or may not be aware of this, but the City of Manchester recently submitted a BUILD grant to the federal government to do just what you have proposed and build an additional crossing of the rail line to connect to Elm Street. This will be an important topic for the Transit-Oriented Development plan.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
William, Thank you for the comment. Granite Street certainly can be a challenge to navigate by foot or by bicycle given the heavy vehicular traffic. You comment will help the design team focus on this issue as the begin their work.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Hi Adam, We believe the City has a project to coordinate signal timing on Granite Street but we are unsure if it includes Auburn Street too. We will be sure to ask the Public Works Department about this when we interview the staff.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Adam, Thank you for the comment. We don't have the answer to that question, but it is a good one. We will put it to the city during stakeholder interviews.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Kathy, Excellent point! It is really important to acknowledge the need to protect existing housing stock and even more important to not cause harm to the area residents through displacement. This project it about making better use of areas that are not already developed. Thank you for the comment.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Hi Abby, thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. We agree, it is challenging for those without a private vehicle to get around. We are excited that the City has chosen to develop this Transit-Oriented Development plan. If done correctly, the plan will create new housing options and make it easier for residents in the area to move around the city without a car.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
What a neat idea, exposed cobblestones would add an additional historic feel to the Gaslight District.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Thank you for sharing Kathy. It is not always obvious from Elm or Commercial Street but there are significant changes in elevation between the two. Your comment will help the design team identify ways to improve access over the railroad tracks when on foot.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Hi Matthew, Thank you for sharing this information, it is important for the design team to understand where there are gaps in bicycle lanes within the study area. Knowing the bicycle lane feels uncomfortable or is missing in some locations Elm Street allows the design team to look different street designs that can accommodate all users of the street.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission commented on Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Hi Matthew, Thank you for sharing your vision for making better connections for bicycle infrastructure in the study area. You will be happy to know the state has funded a project to connect the South Manchester Rail Trail to the Heritage Rail Trail. Having your input helps our design team know where to focus our attention when it comes to making bicycle connections within the Transit-Oriented Development plan. Thank you!