MHRA’s redevelopment activities have been instrumental in shaping the skyline of the city and helped create the vibrant, growing economy the City enjoys today. Among these initiatives are the following:
The nation’s first industrial rehabilitation urban renewal project. Some buildings were removed, the canal filled, railroad tracks moved, streets widened, buildings renovated, and parking created, restoring access and economic vitality to the Millyard and making it an attractive landmark that Manchester residents can be proud of.
Flat Iron Project
Improved 21.6 acres around the intersection of Amory and McGregor Streets, resulting in the construction of St. Mary’s Bank and the neighboring shopping center.
Eight buildings on a block bounded by Elm, Spring, Canal and Mechanic Streets were removed and a twenty story office building, retail mall and parking garage were constructed.
Civic Center Project
In an area of generally dilapidated buildings bounded by Chestnut, Central, Pine and Manchester Streets, the rundown buildings were removed and the city’s police and fire station headquarters as well as the Norris Cotton Federal Building were built.
Kalivas Union Project
In this 23.2 acre area, roughly bounded by Pine, Auburn, Union and Merrimack Streets, a few seriously dilapidated buildings were removed and all others were provided with a variety of federally or locally-funded rehabilitation loans or grants so that all buildings were brought into compliance with the city’s housing code. Social services were provided and through a series of public meetings and other outreach efforts area residents provided input in how they wanted to see the area improved. Streets and sidewalks were reconstructed and parking areas provided.
Brown Avenue Industrial Park
This 77 acre site had been thought to be undevelopable, but after the site was drained and graded, sewers and streets were built and utilities were provided, fifteen separate lots were sold and developed.
Grenier Industrial Park
120 acres of a former Air Force base were acquired from the federal government. The existing buildings were removed and utilities and other site improvements were completed, creating marketable building lots which were sold to industrial developers.
Center of New Hampshire
In an area roughly bounded by Elm, Granite, Canal and Pleasant Streets, blighted buildings were purchased and demolished enabling the construction of the Center of New Hampshire Hotel and Convention Center, garage, retail space and offices building. The former armory was renovated and is now part of the Convention Center. On the corner of Granite and Canal Streets the current bus transfer facility was built.
Granite Square Project
Following a fire which destroyed the Crescent Building on the corner of Granite and Main Streets, a number of buildings in the immediate vicinity were removed to make way for the commercial and retail offices and stores that exist today. Across the street MHRA built the Reverend Raymond A. Burns O.S.B. Apartments.
The former parking lot bounded by Central, Elm and Merrimack Streets and the Hillsborough County Court house was removed and today’s Veterans Park was constructed.
Manchester Air Park
23 parcels were created for industrial development, with 22 sold to date.
SNHU Arena (formerly Verizon Wireless Arena)
The acquisition of properties and relocation of occupants in the area roughly bounded by Elm, Auburn, and Chestnut Streets and Lake Avenue was overseen by MHRA.
Northwest Business Park
The land formerly owned by the University of New Hampshire, located between Hackett Hill Road and Dunbarton Road, was acquired and is being subdivided for sale to businesses engaged in research and development, laboratories, offices, light assembly and light manufacturing. The project is being conducted in phases as follows: French Hall, a former UNH building was recently sold to J. P. Sercel Associates, Inc., a business consistent with the research park zoning; Phase I of the project (accessible from Hackett Hill Road) will contain 12 parcels of between three and twenty six acres; Phase II of the project (adjacent to Dunbarton Road) will be studied and developed in the future; the federally funded New Hampshire Job Corps Training Center will be built on a 20 acre parcel off Dunbarton Road.
In 2004 Tyson Foods closed its operations at the former Jac Pac Food Processing Company in Manchester and sold the 17 acre parcel to MHRA for development of the property. Once the property has been developed current plans call for 300,000 square feet of commercial office space as well as a residential and retail component. Six acres will be deeded back to the city for its Riverwalk Park.
In an area bounded by Elm, Church, Bridge, Kosciusco, Lowell, and Washington Street blighted properties were renovated or purchased and removed to enable the development of office and retails space and a parking garage.
Properties located in an area which included the north side of Hanover Street, between Elm and Chestnut Streets were renovated.