From its earliest days as a planned industrial city, Manchester has had a long and successful history of strategic planning and development initiatives implemented through the coordinated efforts of the public and private sectors, united by a common dedication to the continued betterment of the City. Recent examples include development of the 11,000-seat SNHU Arena in 2001, Fishercat Stadium and the adjacent Hilton Garden Inn and Riverwalk Place Condominiums in 2004 and the 204-unit Residences at Manchester Place in the heart of downtown. Brief descriptions of the key public/private development initiatives currently underway in the City are provided below, followed by links to the principal plans and studies that serve to guide development in Manchester today.
Manchester's Economic Development: Current Projects
River's Edge (former Jac Pac Site)
River's Edge is the largest development project in Manchester in decades. The project involves the redevelopment of a 17-acre former meat packing plant into a 240,000 sq. ft. urgent care facility (expandable to 349,000 sq. ft.), for Elliot Hospital that is currently under construction, an 111,000 sq. ft. medical office building, a three-story residential building and a 13,000 sq. ft. commercial building. The development will also feature a four-acre riverfront park.
Northwest Business Park at Hackett Hill
The Northwest Business Park is a 425-acre business/industrial park currently being developed in the northwestern portion of Manchester. The site is accessible from I-293 Exit 7 and I-93 Exit 10. Phase I consists of 12 lots on 130-acres ranging in size from 2.8 to 26.3 acres. Lots are expected to be available in mid 2011.
Pandora Mill/Granite & Seal Tanning Lot Redevelopment
Restoration is nearing completion of the landmark 144,000 square foot Pandora Mill, part of the historic Amoskeag Manufacturing complex, into a mixed use and/or office facility along with development of structured parking on adjacent formerly City-owned parking lots and rehabilitation of additional office space in two adjacent former mill buildings to be supported by expanded parking.
Downtown Market Basket
Redevelopment of the former Rockwell International facility in the South Elm Street area of downtown Manchester into a 120,000 square foot Market Basket. The new flagship store is expected to open in spring of 2011.
Capital Corridor Commuter Rail Project
Restoration of passenger/commuter rail service from Boston, MA to Manchester, NH on an existing rail line from Lowell, MA to Nashua, NH, with an eventual service to Concord, NH. The project includes development of a multi-modal transit station serving downtown Manchester and the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport with additional stops in Nashua, NH and Chelmsford, MA.
After years of effort by citizens, employers, agency officials and elected leaders throughout our State, the nation's newest Job Corps Center is being built in New Hampshire.
The $30 million residential education and job training facility is being designed to offer economically disadvantaged youth aged 16-24 years old the skills and tools they'll need to become productive citizens and talented workers in New Hampshire's diverse economy.
Located in Manchester but open to all eligible New Hampshire youth, our Job Corps Academy will be the first Job Corps Center with an orientation towards fast-growing industry clusters in Homeland Security, Healthcare and Hospitality. These important sectors of education and training reflect the high-growth job opportunities in New Hampshire that will enable our youth to stay in New Hampshire.
The City has worked hard to create a vibrant first-class downtown. In order to make Manchester a truly great city, however, we must insure that our neighborhoods are vibrant, livable areas since these are the portions of the city where most of the residents spend their time living, playing, shopping and going to school.
The first neighborhood to be reviewed for a comprehensive neighborhood strategy is the Rimmon Heights area in the vicinity of Kelley Street.