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Board of Mayor and Aldermen Move Ahead on Hallsville School Redevelopment

Published: 11/02/2022 2:10 PM

Last night, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to deem the former Hallsville School property surplus, allowing the building to be leased and redeveloped.

The redevelopment proposal from Southern New Hampshire Services (SNHS) and Granite State Children’s Alliance (GSCA) includes creating 20 units of affordable housing for seniors, an early childhood classroom, and a Child Advocacy Center, run by Granite State Children’s Alliance, which provides support for children who have experienced trauma. 

Manchester Parks & Recreation will retain use and management of the gymnasium for community events, including a popular pickleball league currently meeting on Tuesdays & Thursdays.

“Hallsville School is an important part of our City’s history,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “By leasing it to Southern New Hampshire Services and Granite State Children’s Alliance, we are ensuring this historic building is preserved, meets the needs of our community, and is a compliment to the neighborhood. There will be a lot of work ahead, and we will continue to involve the neighbors in the process as we move forward.”

“Southern New Hampshire Services and Granite State Children’s Alliance want to work cooperatively with the Hallsville community,” said Ward 7 Alderman Mary Health. “They respect the school’s multigenerational history and will continue Hallsville’s commitment to serving children and families.” 

The City will retain ownership of the buildings and lease them for a nominal amount for 30 years to SNHS and GSCA with the organizations taking full responsibility for redeveloping the space, paying the utilities, and paying for regular maintenance.

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Board of Mayor and Aldermen Approve $3m for Affordable Housing

Published: 10/25/2022

MANCHESTER, NH – Last week, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to approve $3 million in federal funds to significantly increase the number of affordable housing units in Manchester through three projects. 

With this funding, Lincoln Avenue Capital, a firm out of Santa Monica, CA, will construct two buildings of affordable housing, one at 351 Chestnut Street, the site of the former police station, and a second replacing a parking lot across the street at the corner of Chestnut Street and Merrimack Street. Together, these projects will create approximately 142 studio, one, and two-bedroom units, affordable for individuals at 0%-60% AMI (Area Median Income).

The third project will create three new units of emergency housing for families experiencing homelessness at the Families in Transition Family Place Shelter at 167 Lake Ave.

“The City of Manchester is taking action and increasing much needed affordable housing options for our residents including senior citizens, young professionals and families,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “These developments will transform the neighborhood and improve the lives of many. I’m grateful to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen for their commitment to increasing affordable housing in our community.”

“All three of these projects are great examples of how beneficial public-private partnerships can be for our community,” said Jeff Belanger, Director of Planning and Community Development. “The demand to live in Manchester has never been greater, and these projects show how the City is working with federal and private partners to meet that demand for people of all incomes.”  

This approval follows a similar Request for Proposal for $4.7 million from 2021, which funded upgrades to 101 units of housing at the NeighborWorks Elm Street Brownstones, 48 new affordable housing units at Kelley Falls through Manchester Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and the creation of 15 new supportive housing units through Waypoint and the Helping Hands Outreach Center.

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Mayor Joyce Craig Encourages Eligible Residents to Apply for Fuel Assistance

Published: 10/20/2022

MANCHESTER, NH – With the recent rise in gas, oil, and electric costs, Mayor Joyce Craig is urging eligible Manchester residents apply for fuel assistance funded by the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and administered locally by Southern New Hampshire Services. In addition to fuel assistance, eligible residents can concurrently apply for electric assistance, also administered by SNHS.

“Colder weather is here, so I strongly recommend eligible residents not wait and apply now for fuel and electric assistance,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “The rise in home heating and electric costs is a financial burden for many families in our community. No one should have to choose between food, housing, and keeping warm.”

“With the current increase in energy prices, SNHS is encouraging residents to contact us to apply for Fuel Assistance as soon as possible,” said Donnalee Lozeau, CEO of Southern New Hampshire Services. “Benefits are at an all-time high this year. The Fuel Assistance program will open on November 1st, however we are accepting applications now. Call 603-668-8010 or visit our website www.snhs.org today for an application.”

Benefits range from $304 to $3,024 and are based on monthly household income and annual heating costs. This program is open to eligible renters and homeowners, and benefits can be applied to the bill of electric and gas utility, as well as deliverable fuel such as oil, kerosene, propane, wood or coal. Residents who may not be eligible but who are experiencing financial hardship are still encouraged to call SNHS. 

Residents behind on their electric or gas bills are also recommended to apply for a payment plan through their utility provider in order to avoid service disconnection. 

Utility customer service phone numbers: 

Eversource: 844-273-7760

Liberty: 1-800-833-4200

Unitil: 1-888-301-7700

NH Electric Co-Op: 1-800-698-2007

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City of Manchester to Host Downtown Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 3rd

Published: 10/19/2022

MANCHESTER, NH – Today, Mayor Joyce Craig announced the City of Manchester will host the annual holiday parade on Saturday December 3, 2022.

Organizations interested in participating in the 2022 Holiday Parade can register here.

“I am looking forward to joining all of our participants at this year's Holiday Parade,” said Alderman Bill Barry. “I want to thank our great city for coordinating this event and I am hoping that it will be even more successful than last year. This will give Manchester’s families a chance to get out and enjoy a day of joy.”

“The Holiday Parade is an opportunity for Manchester to attract visitors from outside the area who might consider moving here or starting a business in our great City,” said Jodie Nazaka, Director of the Manchester Economic Development Office. “We look forward to kicking off the holiday season with a boost of economic energy in our downtown.”

The Holiday Parade will begin at 4:00 pm immediately following the BASC Santa Claus Shuffle, presented by Millennium Running.

For more information on the BASC Santa Claus Shuffle or to register, visit: http://www.millenniumrunning.com/santa

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City of Manchester to hold Build Back Manchester Community Celebration

Published: 10/12/2022 10:00 AM

MANCHESTER, NH – Today, the Manchester NextGen Resiliency Council (City of Manchester, ARMI, SNHU, UNH-Manchester, Manchester Transit Authority, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, and Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission) announced a community celebration event on October 21st from 12pm - 2pm in Arms Park to celebrate their successful Build Back Better Regional Challenge grant application. The grant will bring $44M of federal funding through the Economic Development Administration [EDA] to create a biofabrication workforce cluster in Manchester. This event is free and open to the public.

WHAT: Build Back Better Community Celebration 

WHEN: October 21st, 2022 from 12pm - 2pm

WHERE: Arms Park (riverside, outside of the 400 Commercial Street back entrance)

The Southern New Hampshire BioFabrication Cluster proposal, led by the City of Manchester, was selected from over 500 applicants and 60 finalists to be awarded a Phase 2 Build Back Better Grant. Coalition partners include the City of Manchester, the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute, the University of New Hampshire, Southern New Hampshire University and Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission. The total award is $56,542,521, bringing $43,999,995 in federal funding from the Economic Development Administration [EDA] to the area with $12,542,521 in matching funds provided by coalition and industry partners.

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City of Manchester Announces Fall Festival & Downtown Trick-or-Treat

Published: 10/11/2022

Manchester, NH -- Today, Mayor Joyce Craig and Manchester Economic Development announced the City’s first-ever Fall Festival scheduled for Friday, October 28, from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm in Downtown Manchester. 

Visitors and community members are invited to come downtown and celebrate the fall season in New Hampshire’s largest city. Meet Mayor Joyce Craig at City Hall and get a free book from the Bookmobile, stroll downtown and Trick-or-Treat at participating downtown businesses, then make your way to Stanton Plaza for fun and games! Activities at Stanton Plaza include a photo booth, kid’s games and activities, pumpkin carving, a coloring contest, a decoration station for a lighted display, and so much more!

“Come have a wicked good time, goblin candy, and creepin’ it real downtown!” said Mark Gomez, Chief of Parks.

“Every year I look forward to seeing families enjoying downtown, walking around, shopping, and visiting our restaurants for downtown trick-or-treating, and with the addition of our Fall Festival, there is even more of a reason to celebrate!” Said Mayor Joyce Craig.

City-wide Trick-or-Treating is scheduled in the City of Manchester for Sunday, October 31 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Organizations and businesses interested in participating in Downtown Trick-or-Treat should contact the Economic Development Office at 603-624-6505 or econdev@manchesternh.gov.

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Mayor Craig, Superintendent Gillis Honor 100 Year-Old Veteran with High School Diploma

Published: 09/27/2022 10:06 AM

Today, Mayor Joyce Craig and Manchester School District Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Gillis honored Josephine Sad, 100, with an equivalent high school diploma as a gesture of gratitude for her service to our country.

Josephine, who attended Central High School, left school to take care of her younger brother while both of her parents worked during the Great Depression. Afterwards, she joined the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) and served our country during World War II. 

Terry Seavey, a long-time close friend of Josephine, shared her story with Mayor Craig and helped arrange the surprise award ceremony. They were accompanied by Josephine’s son, Alan Sad. 

 “When Terry told me about Jo and her story, I knew we needed to do something to recognize her,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “It’s not every day that we get to honor one of our students after this many years.”

“When the Mayor reached out, we were immediately on board,” said Dr. Gillis, Manchester School District Superintendent. “Mrs. Sad’s service to her family, community, and country in times of need is inspiring. I was happy to be schooled by Mrs. Sad - she insisted I call her ‘Jo’ - on the secret to a long life: never slow down. Thank you, Jo, and congratulations.”

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City of Manchester to Receive $5.4M for Lead Abatement 

Published: 09/27/2022

Mayor Joyce Craig announced today that the City of Manchester will be receiving $5.4 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for lead abatement. The funds consist of $4,668,215 from the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration (LHRD) grant program for lead-based paint remediation and an additional $700,000 in supplemental funding from HUD's Healthy Homes Program for addressing additional housing hazards such as mold, radon, and carbon monoxide found during lead remediation.

“Manchester has a relatively old housing stock, and lead paint hazards pose a risk to families with young children,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “This $5.4M for lead abatement will have a significant impact on increasing the health of our community and making homes safer and more livable for generations to come.”

The Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant program funds the Lead Safe Manchester program in three year increments. This program is overseen by the Department of Planning and Community Development. The grant amount reflects a 26% increase from what Manchester received in 2019. 

“The Manchester Planning and Community Development Department is grateful for the award of more than $5 million to address lead and other health hazards in Manchester homes,” said Jeff Belanger, Director of Planning and Community Development. “This is the largest such award in the city’s history, and it reflects a commitment at the local and federal levels of government to increase the safety and quality of housing in Manchester.  We anticipate improving 200 dwelling units with these funds, which will give 200 families safer places to live.”

Property owners of homes built in 1978 and earlier who rent to low-to-moderate income renters will likely qualify for the Lead Safe Manchester program. Properties where a child was found with an elevated blood lead level, or which received a state order of lead hazard reduction, will receive highest enrollment priority. Properties where no children under age 6 live should call to inquire about program status before completing the entire program application. Owner-occupied units must have children under age 6 living in or visiting the home to qualify.

Children 6 years old and younger and pregnant people are most at-risk for complications and severe health problems due to lead exposure. The Manchester Health Department offers free first-time lead screenings for children 6 years old and younger by appointment.

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Office of Mayor Joyce Craig to be Drop-Off Location for Holiday Cards for our Military Challenge

Published: 09/20/2022

Today, Mayor Joyce Craig announced that her office, located at City Hall (3rd Floor), 1 City Hall Plaza, is a drop-off location for the Holiday Cards for our Military Challenge. 

Founded in 2017 by Dr. Laura Landerman-Garber, the goal of Holiday Cards for our Military Challenge is delivering personalized, signed expressions of respect, caring and gratitude to deployed U.S. troops. 

“Participating in Holiday Cards for our Military Challenge is an easy and impactful way to recognize our service members and let them know they’re not alone during the winter holiday season,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “I’m proud our office is acting as a drop-off location this year, and I encourage everyone to participate in this program, and drop off any cards at our office by November 18th.”

Individuals making cards are asked to follow the following guidelines:

  1. Use a greeting card or a piece of paper (no larger than 8.5 x 11) folded in half. 
  2. Start the card with “Dear Warrior”
  3. Write a personal note about yourself and your community. Share how you celebrate the holidays, a favorite holiday memory, or draw a holiday scene! Feel free to be serious, funny, or both. Please remember to use appropriate and respectful language, and that our troops are diverse in their holiday practices and beliefs.
  4. Sign your first name ONLY, along with your city or town, and your state. Include your school, business, or community group if you desire.
  5. Envelopes are not necessary. If you do include an envelope, please do NOT seal it. If you want to, you can write “Warrior” on the outside, and decorate the envelope.

The 2022 deadline is November 18th, 2022. Cards submitted after the deadline will be used for later mailings. 

You can drop off completed cards at the Office of Mayor Joyce Craig, located on the 3rd floor of City Hall at 1 City Hall Plaza, Manchester, New Hampshire, 03101. Cards can also be addressed as “Holiday Card Challenge” and sent to the following addresses: PO Box 103, Hollis, New Hampshire, 03049.

If using FedEx or UPS, please send to: Holiday Card Challenge, 5 Hutchings Drive Suite 100 Unit 103 Hollis, NH 03049

For more information, please visit the Holiday Cards for our Military Challenge website.

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Mayor's Office Partners with Queen City Bike Collective, SNHPC for Park(ing) Day

Published: 09/12/2022

The Office of Mayor Joyce Craig is partnering with Queen City Bike Collective and Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission to host a Park(ing) Day event on Friday, September 16th from 11am – 7pm in the outdoor dining area of The Bookery at 844 Elm St.

Park(ing) Day is an internationally recognized day where artists, activists, community members, non-profits, etc. repurpose public parking spaces with the aim of starting a dialogue about how to best utilize public spaces in cities. 

Queen City Bike Collective will also be offering Free Valet Bike Parking on Saturday, September 17th from 10am – 9pm & Sunday, September 18th from 10am – 4pm at City Hall Plaza, coinciding with the Manchester Citywide Arts Festival Street Fair at the Opera Block of Hanover Street (between Elm St. and Chestnut St.) and the CelebratED MHT festival taking place in Veteran’s Park. Valet Bike Parking is not limited to event attendees and is available for anyone who is riding their bike downtown this weekend. On-street car parking will be limited, so those who are able to, are encouraged to ride their bikes downtown instead of driving.

“We are really excited to host this pop-up in front of The Bookery, right in the heart of downtown,” said Florian Tschurtschenthaler, board member of Queen City Bike Collective. “It’s a great opportunity to talk to people about making our community a safer, more affordable place to ride a bike. Thanks to the CEAG funding, we are able to expand last year's event to include free bike valet parking in front of City Hall on Saturday and Sunday. Please stop by, leave your bike with us, and enjoy the weekend's festivities."

Both of these events have been made possible through the Community Event and Activation Grant (CEAG) program through which applicants can apply for up to $10,000 per grant for community-based projects and events contributing to community health and safety, economic development, and tourism. This grant program is a recommended use of American Rescue Plan funds received by the City of Manchester to aid in COVID recovery. 

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