Planning Commission approves Tuscan South Central Village
By Madeline Hughes
SALEM, N.H. — The Salem Planning board approved the largest development project in the town’s history: 71 Rockingham Blvd., Tuscan Village’s South Central Village.
The 74,000 square-foot, 24-building, 82 acre multi-use development was unanimously approved Tuesday night. This development will include condos, restaurants, a hotel, retail and entertainment venues.
“I’m excited,” said Joe Faro, the developer for the large-scale project. “We’re just excited to get started. It’s going to be an economic driver for Salem and the entire Merrimack Valley.”
The project has been in the works for years as Faro acquired 170 acres of land in Salem. In May the Board of Selectmen approved a memorandum of understanding that paved the way for the large approval to take place.
Faro was thankful to the boards and town officials who helped make this a reality, he said.
“I know how much work this has been for them,” Faro said. “I’m grateful to see their excitement for this project as well.”
The approval comes with a 30-day waiting period before building permits could be issued. Within that period the decision could be challenged, but there has been no opposition to the project in the most recent public hearings.