Manchester voters to decide whether to allow bigger buildings downtown

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Manchester voters will decide in March whether to allow larger buildings to be built downtown.

The Select Board has chosen to have residents vote on two bylaw change proposals at town meeting.

The proposed changes would increase the allowable size for buildings from 3,000 square feet to 15,000 square feet on Depot Street and 7,000 square feet on Route 7A South as long as developers meet certain goals of the town plan.

But it would be highly unlikely for a developer to meet all of the guidelines at many locations.

Chairman Ivan Beattie says the board supports both amendments, which were recommended by the Planning Commission.

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