130 Water Street
(at the corner of Front Street)
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.
YEAR COMPLETED: 2007
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"
"The Squamscott Block a 'green' project"
"Downtown project developer gains victory"
"Housing plan gets green light"
"Historic nod for housing & retail"
"'Smart growth' is a smart proposal"
Portsmouth Sunday Herald
"Full house for Szanton building plan"
For detailed rental information, please visit: Saco Falls Management.