Worth Knowing: Does West Lebanon need a new 21-unit residential development off of Oak Ridge Road?
Neighbors definitely have mixed feelings.
A Hanover resident has proposed constructing 17 "cottages" and 4 duplexes on 5.38 acres off of Route 10 in West Lebanon. Each cottage would have 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, an attached garage and 2 surface parking spots. Jeff Shapiro, who owns multiple radio stations that broadcast throughout the Upper Valley, is the developer. Plans submitted for the project include a community garden, open space and access to the units by a private driveway off Oak Ridge Road. If the project is built, Shapiro intends for all units to be rental units.
Residents living nearby have expressed concerns that the project would negatively impact the character of the neighborhood that lies just south of the Hanover town line and very close to Campion Ice Rink. Residents have also voiced concerns about how the development would impact wildlife and traffic safety. Finally, residents have expressed concerns that the development would be largely inhabited by Dartmouth students.
The Lebanon Planning Board discussed Shapiro’s plans in a conceptual hearing in July. When the developer formally submits a plan to the Lebanon, the Planning Board will schedule a full-site plan hearing.
It's safe to say that the hearing will be well-attended.
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