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July 7, 2014

Tuscan Village keeps growing

Latest phase calls for salon, fitness center in Salem

SALEM, N.H.— Joseph Faro’s dream of revitalizing the Salem Depot area continues to be fulfilled with the development of Tuscan Village.

Less than four years after Faro opened his popular restaurant, Tuscan Kitchen, and then Tuscan Market on Main Street, he’s embarking on the third phase of a four-pronged plan to redevelop the historic Depot area.

Faro and J&S Investments are proposing construction of a 13,000-square-foot fitness center and salon on a 5-acre parcel at 55 Main St.

Conceptual plans were presented to the town’s Planning Board recently by David Jordan of MHF Design. Board members were generally pleased with the proposal, but had questions about parking and traffic impact, town planner Ross Moldoff said.

“The Planning Board was very satisfied,” Moldoff said. “Everybody likes the work they have done on the project.”

Jordan said formal plans would be presented to the board later this summer. If the latest phase is approved, construction would begin this fall, Faro said.

The two-story building would be home to Drive Health & Fitness, based in Methuen, and Salon Grazie, now located in North Salem.

Drive Health & Fitness co-owner Tony Hajjar said he’s looking forward to opening a second fitness center and Faro’s Tuscan Village would be an excellent location.

“I hope to be up and running by this time next year,” Hajjar said. “Everything he does is a high-end product.”

Faro said this third phase of the project is just one more step as he continues to fulfill his vision for the property.

It began with the opening of Tuscan Kitchen in November 2010, a restaurant whose food and atmosphere have received national attention through the popularity of culinary television programs.

Tuscan Kitchen recently announced Italian chef Luca Manfe, winner of the Fox series “MasterChef,” will appear at the restaurant for a book signing and dinner July 26.

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