Tuscan Village nears breaking ground
By Madeline Hughes
SALEM, N.H. — Dozens of development professionals and local officials gathered in a tent near mounds of dirt on the “blank canvas” of Salem to listen to restaurateur turned real estate developer Joe Faro speak about the project that is set to officially break ground and put steel in the ground in a few weeks.
With a smile Faro thanked people for the round of applause welcoming him to speak, but he acknowledged there’s a way to go with the project even though a majority of the permitting — 45 planning board meetings worth of permits and presentations — was complete.
“The word wasn’t critique as much as it was collaborative with the planning board,” said Faro with a smile explaining the back-and-forth with board members about what the site would become. The estimated billion dollar project couldn’t have happened without collaboration from the town and state, Faro said.
“Give us your vision for the gateway of New Hampshire,” Faro recalled telling both local and state officials when the project started, he told the crowd. He explained the project could not have succeeded with traditional planning and zoning requirements, nodding to the 2009 Large Scale Redevelopment Ordinance passed by the town. He added that the state also played a large role in helping with access to the site.