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Developer Sees Affordable Housing Opportunity In Old Mill

The Pine Valley Mill in Milford is one of several affordable housing projects to benefit from federal community block grants

Recently, a handful of towns, including Milford, split $3.1 million in community development block grants to help create more affordable housing.  According to statewide estimates, only one-in-six two bedroom apartments is affordable to a median income renter.  But the Granite State has something of a homegrown advantage in tackling this problem.

Getting By, Getting Ahead: Lakes Region Home Builder Adapts To Anemic High-End Market

"I started building in the speculative market in 1987.  My grandparents owned some property up here and decided that they wanted to sell it," says home builder Joe Skiffington.  "And I was doing renovations and construction in the Boston area.  I came up to the lake and I said, you know, I wonder what selling vacation homes would be like?  So I built a couple of them on spec.  These were $79,900, so a far cry from what we're doing today.  But the process was fun."

      As part of our weekly “Getting By, Getting Ahead” series, StateImpact is traveling across New Hampshire, gathering personal stories from the people behind the economy.  In our sixth installment, we talk with a Lakes Region home builder. _____ Summer is boom time on the banks of Lake Winnipesaukee.  These are the months [...]

Lakes Region Snapshot: High-End Vacation Homes Impact Year-Round Economy

The market for high-end lakefront properties has slowed down along Lake Winnipesaukee.

Tomorrow morning on NHPR, we’ll hear more from Joe Skiffington, a builder of high-end vacation homes in the Lakes Region.  Joe’s story is Part Six of our series “Getting By, Getting Ahead,” examining how people across New Hampshire’s seven regions are navigating a recovering economy. ___ Driving through New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, it’s not uncommon to stumble [...]

Getting By, Getting Ahead: Seacoast Boutique Owner Bets On Success In High-Rent Downtown

Assiah Russell started her jewelry business after getting lost in New York City in 2003.  "I was in a jewelry district, took a look around, and thought it was quite wonderful to be lost there, and went into a store to buy some jewelry," Russell says.  "And they said, 'Well no, no, no, you can't be here!  You have to be a wholesaler!'  To which I quickly replied, 'Well, I am, and you're my first vendor!'"

As part of our weekly “Getting By, Getting Ahead” series, StateImpact is traveling across New Hampshire, gathering personal stories from the people behind the economy.  In our fourth installment, we visit a bustling boutique in the Seacoast region. _____ Walk down Market Street in downtown Portsmouth, and you’ll see clothing boutiques, a kitchen store, a [...]

Seacoast Snapshot: Portsmouth Retailers Struggle With High Downtown Rents

High rent in downtown Portsmouth is a sticky issue for retailers, restauranteurs, realtors, landlords and the city.

Tomorrow morning on NHPR, we’ll hear from Assiah Russell, a boutique owner in downtown Portsmouth. Assiah’s story is Part Four of our series “Getting By, Getting Ahead,” examining how people across New Hampshire’s seven regions are navigating a recovering economy. ___ Downtown Portsmouth, with its skyline dominated by the large white North Church steeple, and [...]

This Week’s Essential StateImpact

Sparkly Shoes

It’s that time of the week again!  We’ve rounded-up the Top Five StateImpact posts that crowd wisdom decided were on this week’s must-read list. How Junk Mail Is Helping To Prop Up The Postal Service: After a brief hiatus from our Most-Read roundup, this post is back!  It’s a combination of humor, hard facts, and [...]

Why NH’s Waterfront Market Might Be On The Rebound

Lake Winnepesaukee

“Could the era of numerous big dollar waterfront sales be returning?” That’s the question Roy Sanborn, a realtor in Meredith, NH, posed in a column on Saturday in the Laconia Daily Sun. According to data compiled for the month of April from the Northern New England Real Estate MLS System, the average sales price of a home [...]

NH Bookstore Flips The Script On Struggling Indie Bookseller Narrative

Tied into the story of downtown development are some interesting narrative nuggets about an indie bookstore

The fact that developer Steve Duprey has another project in the works isn’t terribly surprising.  What is rather intriguing about his latest venture–a 70,000 square foot, five floor edifice on South Main Street in Concord–is one of the slated tenants: A much-expanded Gibson’s Bookstore.  Ben Leubsdorf of the Concord Monitor writes: “Duprey said he’s particularly [...]

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