06/17/2021 Council Public Hearing - Condemnation of Land - Winchester St. Reconstruction

Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held before the Keene City Council relative to a petition from the Keene Public Works Director that there is public necessity to take land for a public purpose, said purpose being the reconstruction of Winchester Street, between State Route 101 and the Winchester Street bridge over the Ashuelot River, including the Winchester Street/Island Street/Pearl Street intersection and replacement of the Island Street bridge, in order to improve vehicular and pedestrian safety and to allow for a more efficient flow of traffic through the corridor. The Petitioner has requested that the City Council acquire the necessary property rights by Eminent Domain in accordance with New Hampshire RSA 498-A.  The petition affects the following parcel of land:

Map/Block 111/004      346–354 Winchester Street   Riverside Improvements, LLC

In accordance with New Hampshire RSA 231:10, notice is also given to the following known tenants:  Koto Japanese Steakhouse, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Rite Aid, Aspen Dental, GFA Credit Union, Beauty Nails, Sun Tan City, Verizon Wireless, Supercuts, Sally Beauty Supply, AT&T Wireless, HomeGoods, Harbor Freight Tools, Sierra, and Walmart.

Should the City Council find that a necessity exists to acquire the aforementioned property rights by condemnation for highway purposes, the Petitioner requests that the City Manager be authorized to do all things necessary to carry out the eminent domain proceedings in accordance with RSA 498, et seq.

Due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, the City Council will be holding this public hearing remotely.  Members of the public will be able to access this public hearing by navigating to Zoom.us and entering the meeting ID # 830 3707 3778.  To listen via telephone, call toll free 1-877-853-5257 and enter the meeting ID # 830 3707 3778. When the meeting is open for public comments, callers may press *9 if interested in commenting or asking questions.   The Petition and Resolution R-2021-19, as well as background documents are available belowTo report a technical issue call 1-603-757-0622 during the meeting.

SITE VISIT: June 17, 2021 at 5:30 PM

at the intersection of Winchester Street and the Riverside Plaza entrance

PUBLIC HEARING: June 17, 2021 at 7:00 PM

Staff Report and Resolution R-2021-19

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