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MANCHESTER - The Design Review Board recommended approval of the design for the proposed Hampton Inn and Suite, which the Development Review Board accepted, at their meeting Wednesday. Final approval of the entire project by the Development Review Board, however, is still pending.
At the last meeting, the board decided to close the hearing on the development review portion of the permit. However, while the design has been approved, with conditions, the project itself has not yet been approved. The board has 45 days from May 14 to issue their decision.
Kirk Moore, of BMA architects, started the presentation of the design with an update from the site visit with Hillvale neighborhood residents. The neighborhood is abutting the property.
"We're proposing to put in up to 30 trees to create a screen along the property line," he said. "When we go to construction, we'll be working with HIllvale [residents] on adjoining properties to position them in the right way to give them the maximum screen."
Along with the trees, Moore said they will put up a new fence to add additional screening along the property line and clean out the dead brush and trees. During the project, Moore said they will try to move as many existing trees on the property to the property line as possible.
The board approved the design, but only contingent of changes they made in the meeting. There will also be a presentation, if the permit is approved, after construction and before final design decisions are made.
The three retail buildings in the front saw the most changes. The board felt they looked too similar and wanted to see more variation between the three. Greg Cutler, one of the board members, asked if Moore would be willing to move away from the beige based color template he had shown the board.
In other business, the board heard a design and development presentation about a country store going into the red building across from Bagel Works. There was also a hearing about a change of use permit for Equinox Square Plaza. Jockey is moving from their current location off of Route 7A to Equinox Square Plaza.