130 Water Street

(at the corner of Front Street)

Exeter, NH

The Squamscott Block addressed the severe lack of affordable rental housing in Seacoast New Hampshire; added vibrancy to Exeter’s downtown retail district; filled a gap in the streetscape of one of Exeter’s most important and beautiful streets; and promoted smart growth by adding density near public infrastructure.

Previously a surface parking lot  next to Exeter’s historic Town Hall (1856), the Squamscott Block is on the former site of two historic structures torn down in the mid-20th century to make way for parking. The four-story building features 2,600 square feet of retail space along busy Water Street. Two levels of parking providing 36 spaces for the 30 apartments and 58 spaces for neighboring businesses are almost entirely hidden from public view.


UNITS: 30 (14 Market-Rate + 16 Income-Restricted)

ARCHITECT: Archetype, P.A.

CONTRACTOR: North Branch Construction

FINANCING: New Hampshire Housing; the Town of Exeter, New Hampshire; the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority; TD Bank; Unitil; and HUD.

"Housing: New Hampshire still resistant"

"Exeter a 'pioneer' of affordable housing units"

Exeter News-Letter

April 9, 2010


"The Squamscott Block a 'green' project"
Exeter News-Letter

February 27, 2007


"Downtown project developer gains   victory"
Exeter News-Letter

July 18, 2006


"Housing plan gets green light"
Exeter News-Letter

May 2, 2006


"Historic nod for housing & retail"
Exeter News-Letter

November 22, 2005


"'Smart growth' is a smart proposal"
Portsmouth Sunday Herald

March 13, 2005


"Full house for Szanton building plan"
Exeter News-Letter

February 22, 2005


"Developing downtown"
Exeter News-Letter

January 7, 2005

For detailed rental information, please visit: Saco Falls Management.