Dover, NH Development thread

SHAZBAT73

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After following Dover, NH development for Emporis over years and reading a post from Cojapo in the Portsmouth thread, I decided it was time for Dover to have it's own development thread. So here we go!

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Want to give my hometown a little love. Some great things have gone on in Dover since the last post in 2017. Lol.

I plan on taking pictures soon showing all the new development that is currently under construction in downtown, with even more planned.


https://www.fosters.com/news/20190313/dover-council-approves-waterfront-agreement
This ^ development has been though the ringer or two, so hopefully this latest proposal sees the light of day!

2. Dover Heights - A 6 story, 71 unit proposal going through the boards right now (elevations pages 41-46):

https://online2.dover.nh.gov/TempFi...gTechnicalReviewCommittee.AgendaMaterials.pdf

3. Rivers Mark - 5 stories, 32 units (elevations page 30)

https://online2.dover.nh.gov/TempFi...hnicalReviewCommittee.AgendaMaterials.Rev.pdf

4. 10 Fourth Street - 5 stories, 20 unit, ground commercial

https://online2.dover.nh.gov/TempFi...hnicalReviewCommittee.AgendaMaterials.Rev.pdf

5. The"new" Orpheum - Under construction, 5 floors, 130 units

https://www.embarcstudio.com/orpheum

Past recent developments:

100 First Street - 2016, 7 floors (including cupula)
https://www.emporis.com/buildings/1264471/one-hundred-first-street-dover-nh-usa

2 Silver Street - 2014, 5 floors
https://www.emporis.com/buildings/1292822/2-silver-street-dover-nh-usa

Complete Dover run down on Emporis (Dover Heights and 10 Fourth Street submissions are pending approval):
https://www.emporis.com/city/109515/dover-nh-usa/status/all-buildings
 
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Thanks for starting this thread Shazbat73. I need to bring my camera with me to get some shots. Dover, for its size, has a lot going on right now.
 

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Nice photos Martin, looks like downtown Dover is in the middle of a mini building boom. Never realized how similar in size Dover (31,800) and Rochester (31,500) are based on the 2018 estimates. In fairness, Rochester is 16 square miles larger in land area which makes Dover the more dense of the two. Portsmouth (21,900) is smaller than both of them but gets all of the regional attention and they also have a similar population to Bangor (32,000) which I find interesting.
 
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Nice photos Martin, looks like downtown Dover is in the middle of a mini building boom. Never realized how similar in size Dover (31,800) and Rochester (31,500) are based on the 2018 estimates. In fairness, Rochester is 16 square miles larger in land area which makes Dover the more dense of the two. Portsmouth (21,900) is smaller than both of them but gets all of the regional attention and they also have a similar population to Bangor (32,000) which I find interesting.
Those numbers are backed by recent Downeaster ridership trends. Durham's now the fourth-busiest (59K annual) stop behind Portland (172K), Exeter (84K), and Wells (62K)...and recently surpassing Durham in ridership during Amtrak's most recent complete fiscal year accounting. Given that State of NH contributes $0 in subsidy or promo to that train, seeing strong uplift in the ridership numbers says a lot about the independent momentum the city's got going for it.
 

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Great pics MartinS.

Dover is going through a boom for a city of its size. The new Orpheum building looks great and has a huge impact on that part of Dover.

On top of those sites in the pics, there is Third St, which is nearly done and completely changes that street, filling it in beautifully. The development behind Janetos on Mechanic street and the recently started Fourth Street building will add some nice density. If the Dollar Store lot on Chestnut and the old court house on Second get approved and developed, it will really add to the city. The Second Street development will be 6 stories, which will larger than anything now. Once the riverfront development gets off the ground, Dover has a chance to really establish itself as a dense, vibrant urban core with some beautiful architecture.
 

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Dover is on fire! I had no idea about the Preble St development. Love seeing open lots developed.
 

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Another project approved. Looking forward to watching this one due to its location and height. I always like the old courthouse, and wish they could have incorporated some of the existing building into this new development.

 

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I was just in Dover for the first time this weekend when I took my kids to the Children's Museum of New Hampshire. I was very impressed as I had literally no expectations for the town itself! Lots of good architecture downtown, with bars, restaurants, and plenty of people walking around. Lexie's Joint was a hell of a burger place, and very affordable!

I'm pleased to see the town is doing well. However, I'm also disappointed that they are removing their historical stock like the courthouse cited above, especially with so many parking lots still surrounding the downtown. The town has a lot of character, but the character is first and foremost from the historical stock. I'd like to see smarter decisions made in the name of "progress" or New England might as well be the sunbelt as we slowly chip away at the things that make us better.
 

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10 Fourth Street well under way:

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River's Edge looks like it's topped out (with 100 First Street (2016) in the background):

River's Edge.JPG


And the ass end of the Orpheum

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I love the impact the Fourth and Third St developments have had in the part of the city. I never would have imaged a building of this size would fit where the bike/hoagie shop once stood. First St has a completely different feel than it did five years ago with those two new buildings as well.

I remember driving around Dover as a kid wishing we could watch new construction in the city. Now its on almost every street that something new is going up. Pretty exciting.
 

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I agree, Cojapo. I grew up in Dover and knew the city had good bones and potential. I've always dreamed that the city would get a solid high rise to compete with at least Manchester. I'm most excited about the waterfront development and the potential liquor store lot.
 

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I was just in Dover for the first time this weekend when I took my kids to the Children's Museum of New Hampshire. I was very impressed as I had literally no expectations for the town itself! Lots of good architecture downtown, with bars, restaurants, and plenty of people walking around. Lexie's Joint was a hell of a burger place, and very affordable!

I'm pleased to see the town is doing well. However, I'm also disappointed that they are removing their historical stock like the courthouse cited above, especially with so many parking lots still surrounding the downtown. The town has a lot of character, but the character is first and foremost from the historical stock. I'd like to see smarter decisions made in the name of "progress" or New England might as well be the sunbelt as we slowly chip away at the things that make us better.
Fortunately, most of the new development has been filling in vacant lots and parking lots, or rehabbing old buildings into apartments/mixed use. When I drive with my kids, I have them saying "Look Dad! Infill!". Lol This is one of the only new developments I can recall that required demo of a significant, and pretty cool, structure.
 

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As a contributor to Emporis, I've been a busy bee updating this page as well as others in the region:


Just another resource for development in Dover ;-)
 

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I agree, Cojapo. I grew up in Dover and knew the city had good bones and potential. I've always dreamed that the city would get a solid high rise to compete with at least Manchester. I'm most excited about the waterfront development and the potential liquor store lot.
I am also excited to see what will be proposed for the liquor store lot. I am hoping for something similar to the Orpheum development, ground floor retail/business with four to five floors of residential. We will see.
 

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