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Aug 17, 2015 11:54 AM

Residents argue Durham housing complexes not built to site plans


DURHAM – Residents are concerned contractors building new student housing downtown are not following site plans.

According to Seacoast Online, everything from shingles to windows and housing units in the Orion student complexes have been reported as against the site plans previously approved by the town.

Residents say “building C” of the complex was approved to have blue shingles while “building D” was approved to have brown - but the shingles seem to be swapped and have been ordered to be fixed.

This comes after a section of the Orion complex had to be taken down after it was found not to be up to site plans. In addition, windows installed in the housing complex were built with different dimensions from those approved by the town.

Now, residents are questioning why town officials do not monitor the construction more closely.

The Town Administrator and the Code and Zoning Enforcement Officer both agree the town does not have the budget or personnel to constantly monitor the site, but ensure they are working hard to fix any discrepancies.

The Orion housing complexes are located at 25-35 Main Street and are set to house hundreds of UNH students this upcoming school year.


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