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 pursuant to the authority granted by RSA 31:92. Prior to the Public Hearing, the Keene City Council will hold a site visit at the intersection of Key Road and Winchester Street.
Despite the City Manager’s reasonable efforts to negotiate the necessary purchase of their property rights, the owners of the following impacted parcels have not at present agreed to sell their property rights:
- Tax Map/Block 111/026 345 Winchester Street RE Sandri TVE, LLC
- Tax Map/Block 111/027 345 Winchester Street RE Sandri TVE, LLC
- Tax Map/Block 111/028 333 Winchester Street Keene Retail, LLC
Should the City Council find that a public necessity exists to acquire the aforementioned property rights by condemnation for highway purposes, then the City Manager is authorized to do all things necessary to carry out eminent domain proceedings in accordance with RSA 498-A, et seq, with specific reference to RSA 498-A:4-7.
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 # 899 5359 8829. To listen via telephone, call toll free 877-853-5257 and enter the meeting ID # 899 5359 8829. When the meeting is open for public comments, callers may press *9 if interested in commenting or asking questions. The Ordinance as well as background documents are available on the City of Keene website under Public Notices at http://www.ci.keene.nh.us.
SITE VISIT: November 5, 2020 at 5:45 PM Key Road at Winchester Street
PUBLIC HEARING: November 5, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Per order of the Mayor and City Councilors, this Seventeenth day of September, Two Thousand and Twenty.