Rimmon Heights & Notre Dame
Rimmon Heights neighborhood initiative: comprehensive development strategy plan for Rimmon Heights, which extends somewhat to neighboring Notre Dame
St. Mary’s Bank, located in Rimmon Heights, has a page dedicated to investments by the credit union and others in the neighborhood.
Mill West apartments
According to NHPR, Mill West at the base of Rimmon Heights and Notre Dame will soon house 280 apartments by Brady Sullivan. The building now known as Mill West was originally known as Mill No. 11 and was the largest single cotton mill in the world. The massive building, zoned as part of the Amoskeag Mixed Use District, is across from an area that was once known as the Flat Iron district. That entire neighborhood was razed and is now the site of CMC and the shopping mall across McGregor Street. With recent developments at CMC and the influx of hundreds of new residents, the Mill West project could have the potential to spur more development in the area.
Piscataquog (Granite Square)
Granite Landing is located in the old West High student parking lot near Granite Square, but the site is also prominent as a gateway to downtown, and development here has great potential to tie Granite Square, as a robust neighborhood center, with Downtown Manchester.
According to MEDO’s Bids & Proposals page, the City is seeking RFPs for urban-scale, commercial office, retail or mixed-use development on land currently owned by the City at an important gateway to Downtown and Granite Square in the West Side neighborhood of Piscataquog. This video is of a conceptual model of how such a project might look: the building covers the two small lots on Granite Street adjacent to the I-293 off-ramp and spans the end of Second Street where it intersects with Douglas Street.
West Granite revitalization
NeighborWorks Greater Manchester has been working with residents of West Granite to revitalize and improve their corner of Piscataquog since 2006. In 2009, the organization received $2.53 million in Neighborhood Stabilization funds to purchase and rehab existing housing in the neighborhood, and then sell the properties to owner-occupants.
The program, in conjunction with NeighborWorks’ other work with neighborhood residents, will restore many beautiful, old houses and apartments to charming, comfortable homes for neighborhood residents. Just as importantly, the program will strengthen the neighborhood by ensuring that more landlords live in West Granite and are members of the local community.