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November 5, 2013

Town center commercial project before Windham planners

WINDHAM — Village Center Place could rise along Indian Rock Road in the town center.

Windham resident Chris McCarthy is proposing the 28,500-square-foot project that would include three buildings.

Plans envision a bank, offices, retail and dining.

The bank would be a one-story building. The other buildings would have two stories.

In announcing the proposal, McCarthy said he intends to build a pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use development.

The Planning Board will review conceptual plans during a meeting tonight.

The complex, designed by The Dubay Group, is planned for 13-15 Indian Rock Road, north of Route 111, and would be sited diagonally across the road from Windham Center School.

The property is between Fellows Road and Hardwood Road.

Colliers International, with offices in Manchester, will market Village Center Place. Beverly Donovan of Colliers said negotiations with possible tenants are ongoing.

Talks have involved a couple of regional dining chains, but Donovan said at this point she can’t disclose their names or those of other potential tenants.

But the dining component likely would be a sit-down lunch and dinner establishment, she said.

“No fast food,” Donovan said.

Architectural drawings label it a “bistro” and show room for an outdoor cafe.

The project calls for development to take place in phases.

“We’d be ready to go as soon as the first deal is signed,” Donovan said.

One building, two stories, would have retail, dining and offices.

A second building also would have office space, probably medical offices, Donovan said.

The third building would be a branch bank office.

Typically, a project of this size would take 18 months to complete, start to finish, she said.

The Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. in the Community Development offices, 3 North Lowell Road.

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