Big Mixed-Use Site Plans Approved For Salem’s Tuscan Village
The Salem Planning Board has approved three site plans as part of the 170-acre Tuscan Village District.
By Liz Markhlevskaya, Patch Staff
SALEM, NH — Site plans for three development projects planned in Salem’s Tuscan Village have gained approval by the Planning Board last week. On Tuesday, the board approved plans for a five-story medical building, a Pressed Cafe and 750,000 square feet of mixed-use development with a large parking area. The mixed-use space will house new restaurants, retailers, a hotel, a residential area and offices.
As part of its agreement with the Selectmen, Tuscan Brands will spend more than $12 million in the next few years to mitigate the entire project’s impact on the town — the company will pay for increased traffic and public safety calls and reconstruct areas of Rockingham Park Boulevard and Mall Road to accommodate the new development and traffic flow coming to the Village.
Site plans for the mixed-use development, to be located in the area of 71 Rockingham Park Boulevard, were approved by the Planning Board with several waivers and conditions. One of the waivers concerns the required number of parking spaces for the 750,000-square-foot site — the number approved in the plans is lower than what typically would be required. According to Mark Gross of MHF Consultants, who represents Tuscan Brands, parking at the site is not expected to be an issue except on rare exceptionally busy shopping days during the year. Studies done by the developer show that with shared parking among some of the businesses, and given the hours of operation, the amount of parking indicated in the plans is enough.
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