The Manchester Housing Authority and the Manchester Affordable Housing Trust are exploring options for redeveloping the Manchester Housing Authority sites at Newport Park, The Plains and Loading Place Road to improve the condition of existing units and expand the number of units on each site. 

The MHA properties are aging, lack accessibility and have limited resources for maintenance and upgrades.  The MHA and MAHT are committed to working with residents of the MHA properties, neighbors, the Town and the State to identify options for improving these housing complexes, building more affordable housing and creating a sustainable source of funding for operations and maintenance in perpetuity.

A recent study has identified how the MHA working with a qualified Development Partner could redevelop the sites and the current DPW site on Pleasant Street to meet project goals. 

Conceptual Site Plans can be viewed here:

Pleasant Street DPW Site
Newport Park
The Plains
Loading Place Road

Full Housing Study Summary and Analysis

*If you are not a member of the DPW neighborhood, we still value your input. Please answer these questions based on your opinions of the neighborhood and share your questions, concerns and ideas. Thank you. 

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* 1. Do you live in the DPW neighborhood?

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* 2. What is it about the neighborhood that you like? Please be specific and list as many things as you can.

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* 3. What do you think about the DPW maintenance yard in your neighborhood? Please choose all that apply.

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* 4. What are traffic conditions in the neighborhood?

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* 5. Please identify the issues (if any) that contribute to traffic problems.

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* 6. The Manchester Housing Authority and the Manchester Affordable Housing Trust have been discussing a project that would renovate the existing units at the Plains and Newport Park, and would include the construction of additional affordable units on those sites and new housing on the DPW site. Have you heard about the project concept?

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* 7. Do you think that a new residential development on the current DPW site would benefit or be harmful to the neighborhood?

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* 8. If the project goes ahead, what specific things could be done to improve both the complex and the neighborhood? More than one answer is OK.

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* 9. Do you feel that Manchester has enough housing to provide affordable options for seniors and start-up families?

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* 10. Please feel free to share any additional comments about affordable housing and, or the concept for improving and expanding affordable housing using the MHA sites and the DPW site.

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* 11. If you would be interested in participating in the design of the project if it moves ahead, please include your name along with a phone or email so we can contact you. You can also reach out to Sue Brown, Town Planner, at browns@manchester.ma.us and she will add you to the contact list for this project.

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