Town of Newmarket – Award Winner for 2009

Photo of downtown Newmarket NH

Award-winning planning in Newmarket, NH.

As the electrical wires and the work signs recede, a new downtown Newmarket has emerged. After many, many years of planning, a vibrant commercial core and a truly ‘livable, walkable’ center has been created. What better way to honor this achievement than to create a timeline of the tremendous planning that made it happen.

The Town of Newmarket:  Journey Toward Downtown Revitalization

    • 1978 “A New Life for Downtown” Brochure
      • Survey of downtown, parking, analysis of visual resources, history and recommendations
    • 1983 Newmarket Community Development Corporation incorporated as private nonprofit.
    • 1984 Essex Mills Appraisal
    • 1989 Lamprey River Harbor Management Plan “develop a vision that is both politically and economically practical”
    • 1993 Planning and Economic Development Study
      Includes details on municipal infrastructure constraints
    • 1994 Essex Mills Study by JSA Inc. Architects
    • 1994 Town Master Plan
    • 1995 Remedial Action Plan for Essex Mill Site
      • Technical report on detection and remediation plan for onsite pollutants
    • 1995 Newmarket Parking Study
      • Completed by UNH students and discussed survey, parking issues
    • 1995 Tourism Study
      • Survey of residents and businesses with recommendations for development of tourism opportunities applicable to development of downtown area.
    • 1996 Lamprey River Park and Riverwalk Project Report and Feasibility Study
      • Recommendations and concepts for riverwalk and mill redevelopment.
    • 1996 Essex Mills Redevelopment Plan – RKG Associates
    • 1997 Essex Mills Structural Review – JSN Associates
    • 1997 Essex Mills sold to Newmarket Community Development Corporation
    • 1998 Town residents approve Tax Increment Finance District for Downtown area
    • 2000 Newmarket Tomorrow Report
      • Town Council appointed committee formulated a consensus based vision and recommendations for future development of downtown.
    • 2001 Parking Study Update by Strafford Regional Planning Commission
      • Master Plan Update
    • 2001 Main Street Reconstruction Project
      • Town Council contracted with Underwood Engineers to lead a thorough public input process guiding the creation of a specific plan that would meet the community goals identified in the Newmarket Tomorrow Report. Several concepts for the Downtown Redevelopment were created and evaluated by the public and businesses.
    • 2001 Mill Reconstruction begins
      • Newmarket Community Development Corporation negotiates with Chinburg Builders for renovation of first mill buildings.
      • Riverwalk and Schanda Park constructed by Lamprey River near Town dock.
    • 2005 Phase I Improvements on Route 108 south of downtown completed from railroad crossing to Bennett Way – lighting, curbing, sidewalks.
    • 2006 Phase II Improvements on Route 108 from railroad crossing to Bay Road.
      • After extensive input at two public charettes and numerous Town Council meetings reviewing options, Council adopted the current revitalization plan for downtown.
      • The Main Street Reconstruction Project – Phase II included:
        • construction of sidewalks along the east side of Route 108 from the Community Church to the Lamprey River Bridge.
        • widening of the sidewalks on the west side of Route 108.
        • new crosswalks.
        • addition of ornamental lighting and landscaping.
        • reconstruction of approximately 3,000 linear feet of road including curbing.
        • undergrounding utilities.
        • new water and sewer main construction plus service connections.
        • new storm drains.

Next Steps:

    • Rebuilding remaining Mill buildings
    • Construction of parking structure on Main Street as part of Mill redevelopment
    • Redevelopment of Town properties purchased in downtown area