Ahead of Parkade revival, Manchester officials look to next area of redevelopment focus

The town’s approved developer for the former “dark side” of the Manchester Parkade is targeting a spring start for a mixed-use revival of the once blighted site. The planned $140 million commercial project calls for 480 apartments, a 120-room hotel, 98,000 square feet of office space and 63,00 square feet of retail space. Environmental monitoring shows contaminant levels have not fallen below required standards, so the site cannot be declared officially clean, according to minutes of the redevelopment agency’s Sept. 3 meeting. Agency members asked Anderson at the September meeting about possible redevelopment areas, but he said he could not think of many that would meet requirements. Anderson noted at that meeting that a proposal to the board of directors to designate the former Nathan Hale School and neighborhood as a redevelopment area had failed — in part because the area did not meet statutory requirements.


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