North End housing project handed over to Hannover planning board

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The Hannover Planning Board will soon enter the design review phase of the site plan review for the 128-unit apartment-style student housing project planned for the north end of campus.

The start of the design review process marks an important step in Dartmouth’s plan to create new housing options in the residential community designed to anchor the North End. It will also increase the capacity of the student housing stock and help advance a multi-year process to renovate existing residence halls already underway with work in Andres and Zimmerman Halls.

“This is an exciting step in creating additional housing capacity and expanded residential options for our students,” said Executive Vice President Rick Mills. “We are confident that the site plan, design and sustainability features incorporated into this project are consistent with campus planning objectives and incorporate the feedback we have received throughout this process.”

The Planning Board meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1 at City Hall and is open to the public. The purpose of the design review is to provide a full understanding of the site’s potential, to carefully assess natural constraints, aesthetic concerns and development options, to identify and accommodate neighbor concerns, to identify the limits of municipal infrastructure and to facilitate efficient exchange. with the Town Planning Council, according to the city’s settlement regulations.

In addition to site plan approval by the Planning Board, Dartmouth will require a special exception from the Hannover Zoning Adjustment Board to build a student residence within the institution’s zoning district.

In early 2022, Dartmouth proposed that the project be located on the east side of Lyme Road. Then, based on feedback from Lyme Road area residents and others, the proposal was revised and moved across the road to the site of the former golf course. Updated plans were shared with the Dartmouth community in June, followed by a series of meetings throughout the summer to solicit community feedback.

“We were delighted to engage with our neighbors over the summer and receive feedback on our design and plans for the project. It was important for us to hear specific feedback, with the goal of incorporating actionable suggestions into our proposed plans,” says Josh Keniston, Vice President of Campus Services and Institutional Projects. “The design of the buildings and surrounding grounds was well received, and we appreciated constructive feedback on a number of aspects of the proposal.”

The apartments are designed to accommodate approximately 400 students. To foster community, the project will emphasize common and gathering spaces in all buildings.

Sustainable building design and respect for the surrounding open space has been a priority throughout the development of the project. The buildings will meet or exceed Dartmouth’s High Performance Building Design Guidelines and will include on-site power generation using rooftop solar panels and plans for a geothermal energy system.

Summer community sessions featured feedback on various aspects of the project, including building design, sustainability, programming and transportation. Detailed feedback on transportation issues included comments on maximizing transit options, improving safe routes for bicycles and pedestrians, parking, and conducting a thorough traffic study. Dartmouth expects to share a detailed transportation study as part of the city’s approval process. Community members also talked about nearby Pine Park, asked about stormwater runoff, views, and continued access to recreation grounds.

In addition to the community process over the summer, Dartmouth held feedback sessions with groups of students and faculty before submitting plans to the city.

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