Kathleen’s Place developer proposes additional parking area

The Planning Board visits the woods where water flow is directed from the Kathleen’s Place development.

The Planning Board visits the woods where water flow is directed from the Kathleen’s Place development. STAFF PHOTO BY ASHLEY SAARI—

Planning Board members view the site of a proposed additional 17 parking spaces to the back of the Kathleen’s Place development during a site walk on Tuesday.

Planning Board members view the site of a proposed additional 17 parking spaces to the back of the Kathleen’s Place development during a site walk on Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO BY ASHLEY SAARI

By ASHLEY SAARI

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Published: 05-23-2024 11:33 AM

On Tuesday, the Rindge Planning Board viewed the proposed site of 17 new parking spaces to expand guest and customer parking for the Kathleen’s Place development on Route 119.

The development is mixed use, with residential condominiums in the front and commercial business spaces in back. It was only recently completed, built in 2022.

Parking is available in the front for the residential units, and there are spots for the businesses in the back. Developer Jamison VanDyke has returned to the Planning Board to request an expansion of the parking lot on the back of the property. Accessed via a separate dirt road, the lot would be directly behind the Kathleen’s Place development, currently separated by a rock wall and a grass berm.

VanDyke explained the new parking spaces would include a total of 17 spots, or about 170 feet of pavement, at the end of the dirt road.

The site walk was a continuation of a Planning Board public hearing on the proposal, held on May 7, and Chair Roberta Oeser said that based on conversations so far, the board most wanted to hear plans for drainage and the rock wall along the grass berm.

The board viewed the new proposed boundary for where the rock wall would be, as well as the outline for the pavement. They visited the wooded area where water is currently directed off the property, and discussed possible mitigation techniques to reduce water runoff from the additional paved surface.

Abutter Scott Wilson, who lives directly behind the Kathleen’s Place development, noted that the flooding issues were present prior to the building of the development, and that it is only an issue during particularly heavy rains. He noted that last year, the first year the development was in place, was one of the rainiest on historical record.

Wilson said his main concern would be maintaining access and maintenance of the narrow dirt road throughout the entirety of the process.

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Following the site walk, board members unanimously agreed to continue the public hearing on the matter to June 4 at 7 p.m. at the town offices.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 603-924-7172, Ext. 244, or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on X @AshleySaariMLT.