The building has been vacant since last year, when the city condemned it because of numerous code violations and forced the tenants to move.

Architect Jay Barrett, of White River Junction, told the board the “bones” of the three-story, early 20th-century building are in excellent shape, but the mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems need to be replaced and a sprinkler system needs to be installed.

“It will be a complete gut job,” Barrett said.

The reconfigured space will increase the number of apartments to 36 from 24, including six on the ground floor in the back of the building. The front will remain as commercial space.

Also in the back of the building will be a new entryway and landscaping.

In addition to six units, the ground floor will have storage, a community room and an office. At least nine of the apartments would be two-bedroom units.

With the board’s approval, Lacasse said he now will proceed with finalizing the design for the studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments and preparing bid specifications while continuing to work on securing funding for estimated expenses of between $5 million and $6 million.

A Community Development Block Grant is pending and Lacasse also is seeking low-income housing tax credits and historic tax credits.

The ideal timeline would be for the project to be bid early next spring, followed by a 10-month construction period, Lacasse said.

New England Family Housing will repair and restore the building’s facade and will work with a state historic preservationist to ensure adherence to historic tax credit requirements.

“To bring back downtown, we need people living there,” said Barrett, the architect. “We hope this is a good first step toward a broader revitalization.”


Valley News Correspondent
Monday, September 25, 2017

Claremont — The city’s Planning Board unanimously approved a site plan and conditional use permit on Monday night for a complete overhaul of the Goddard Block on Pleasant Street, where New Hampton, N.H.-based New England Family Housing is planning 36 apartments.

The approval comes with a condition that all required parking — a minimum of one space per unit — is secured before a certificate of occupancy is issued.

“I can live with that. It will give me ample time to find an overall solution to the parking,” New England Family Housing CEO Kevin Lacasse told the board.


Claremont Boards Gives OK to Renovation Plan

The property includes 19 spaces, which means another 17 will need to be identified, with some of those potentially being city-owned.

Previously, the Zoning Board of Adjustment approved a variance that reduced required parking, which had been 1.5 spaces per unit.

Adequate parking has been identified as a major deterrent to redeveloping the city’s downtown buildings.

“We don’t have a final solution, but it is something we are working on,” City Planner Mike McCrory told the board about parking for the Goddard Block. “The goal is to find a solution that satisfies the needs of not only this property, but others as well. It is not easy. It will take a lot of city buy-in to make this work,”

Lacasse, whose company owns and manages other Claremont properties, including the Latchis building, also on Pleasant Street, has a purchase and sales agreement on the Goddard Block.


New Hampshire Housing 2017 Annual Report, NEFH Bristol Newfound River Apartments, Page 9
Goddard Block Grant Application Public Hearing Zips Through, July 27, 2017

People First In Claremont, July 16, 2017

Goddard Block Apartments Approved

Claremont Building Might Be Sold

Developer targets 31 units for Goddard block

Bristol project would provide affortable housing.

Local developer restores Sherryland Park to its glory as Country Meadows,  May, 13, 2015

CDFA News, Rebiulding Community 7/16/2012

Commissioners to apply for $500,000 for Bartlett School apartments, January 15, 2014

New Hampshire Family Houses help to give Berlin a facelift, October 31, 2012

Berlin fixes or demolishes blighted homes, October 11, 2012

Berlin Gets More Federal Funds To Help Revive Troubled Neighborhoods

NSP work ramps up on East Side, June 9, 2010

NH Company hopes to renovate Franklin apartments, December 11, 2011
New England Family Housing in The News