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Planners Approve Burke Street Self Storage Project for Nashua, NH

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The Nashua, N.H., Planning Board unanimously approved the site plan for Burke Street Self Storage, submitted by developer Brian Kelly of 131 Burke St. LLC. Kelly intends to convert an existing structure at the former site of Improved Paper Machinery Co. to self-storage and build eight new buildings. The 6-acre project will comprise about 93,000 square feet, with the existing structure providing about 53,000 square feet of climate-controlled space and 40,000 square feet designated for new construction, according to the source.

The converted building will also include office space and warehousing, according to Paul Chisolm, a civil engineer with Keach-Nordstrom Associates Inc., which is working on the project. The plan also includes space for equipment and machine reseller Lewis and Clark to continue to lease a portion of the site, he told planners.

Though one employee will be hired to help with property maintenance, the facility will rely on an automated kiosk for unit rentals.

Chisolm described the site as “heavy industrial” and informed the board that a portion of the site is contaminated with chromium, a hard and brittle metal, in the subsoil. The contamination is believed to stem from historical use on the property, possibly by industrial manufacturer Ingersoll Rand. An environmental firm is already working with Ingersoll to mitigate the contamination, though the development will not encroach that portion of the property, the source reported.

Planners approved the site plan contingent to Kelly working with city staff on an easement to allow access to a public trail nearby. The property is next to Salmon Brook and the Merrimack River. Though the state has already granted a shoreline permit, it must still authorize an alteration-of-terrain permit for Kelly to move forward.

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