Exit 17 market basket penacook nh

Hi folks,

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, despite the pandemic, and best wishes for safe and happy holidays to come. 

Market Basket At Exit 17

On tap for the Concord Planning Board this Wednesday, December 16th at 7:00 pm is major site plan approval of plans for your new Market Basket and other shops on Whitney Rd. off exit 17.  Here is the Zoom meeting link if you want to attend: https://zoom.us/j/754076629.  Information on the plans is available here.  Additional information can be found on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SupermarketatExit17/

Public comment will be accepted during this meeting.  You can also email your comments to City Planner Heather Shank at [email protected]

 I encourage you to send in your thoughts.  If plans are approved at the meeting, we can expect the Market Basket, attached retail store, and NH Liquor & Wine Outlet to be on track for construction to start in April 2021 with the Liquor Store complete by the end of 2021 and the Market Basket building opening in mid-2022.  The tenants for Phase 2 are not yet secured but will include a 7,000 SF urgent care along with other retail, financial and restaurant uses.  

Also at this Planning Board meeting is a request for a major subdivision approval to create 5 condominium units at Whitney Road.  Please note that this is not condominium housing being discussed.  It’s for a subdivision of the land to allow for the proposed uses.  Information can be found here.

Finally, the Planning Board will also be discussing requests by Unitil for two Conditional Use Permits to allow disturbances of wetland and  Shoreland Protection District buffers to allow Unitil to replace utility poles and wires within the utility right of way between MacCoy Street and Village Street   Approximately 1.2 miles of poles and wires are proposed to be replaced.  If this item is approved work is tentatively scheduled to commence in March 2021 and last about 12-16 weeks.  This project is being undertaken to maintain uninterrupted service and to plan for increased demand.  More information is available here.

Penacook Village Association

The Penacook Village Association decided to not hold a public Tree Lighting event this year, out of an abundance of caution due to the pandemic.  Also, the Penacook Elementary Chorus did not assemble this year, also due to Covid.  However, you will find a recorded countdown to light the tree, and a tribute to event founder Liz Blanchard available here: 

We’re certainly all hoping that next year’s event will be able to take place safely in person. 

City Manager Tom Aspell informs that The Association for Community Media – Northeast handed out their awards last week, and the City and Concord TV received a bronze medal with the award winning “Welcome to Penacook” video, in the Municipal/Government programming category.  For those who haven’t seen it, the link is:

Rolfe Park

A Penacook historical note, as we enter the gift-giving season.  Abial W. Rolfe donated the land for what is now Rolfe Park to the City of Concord in 1920, in memory of the family’s early settlers.  Truly a remarkable gift to our community.  Happy 100th Birthday to Rolfe Park.

As Covid cases continue to climb, please do all you can to continue to take precautions to protect yourselves and others.

Be well,
Brent Todd
Ward 1 City Councilor
Concord, NH