A New Report About Construction

A New Report About Construction


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Since 1999, when it was rebranded from the Keene Economic Development and Revitalization Corp., MEDC has been responsible for 28 development projects in southwestern New Hampshire, according to Robert. Its efforts include a $40 million undertaking to convert former railroad land in downtown Keene into a retail and housing area where the Monadnock Food Co-Op is now located, as well as building the Cheshire County courthouse and renovating the Keene Public Library. But MEDC has not completed a project since 2018, according to Robert. He said the recent lull is not a reflection of the organization’s financial situation, instead attributing it to the mercurial nature of development efforts. “Projects take time to develop,” he said. “They don’t always pan out.” Robert, who succeeded longtime MEDC President Jack Dugan upon Dugan’s retirement in May, said one of his first decisions was to hire a chief financial officer, following the departure of former CFO Bob Elliott . In the summer, MEDC officials began planning to create an advisory board, after a review of its finances identified “significant” challenges stemming from debts related to past development projects, he said Tuesday. Robert could not be reached again Tuesday or Wednesday with follow-up questions on the nature of those debts. Keene Mayor George Hansel, who serves as chairman of the MEDC board of directors, declined on Wednesday to say how large those debts are, directing The Sentinel to Robert for that information. The organization raises the majority of its capital from developer fees it collects and interest earned on financing it provides to small businesses, according to Robert.

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