Planning Board approves Boys & Girls Club move into N. Main church building

LACONIA — The Planning Board last night approved plans by the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region to convert St.James Episcopal Church on North Main Street into its new home.
Steve Smith of Steven Smith and Associates, representing the club, said that although no immediate changes would be made to the site, eventually a proposal to rearrange the parking spaces and redirect the traffic flow would be presented to the board. Meanwhile, the club was requesting a waiver from the requirement to build a sidewalk on Tremont Street. He acknowledged that the driveway to Tremont Street would be part of a new traffic plan and when the plan was presented it would include a sidewalk.
Board chairman Warren Hutchins said that in the waiver would be granted on the condition that it would expire when the club proposed alterations to the site.
Ellen Peters, the only resident on Tremont Street and lone abutter to speak, told the board that she attended the meeting "to find out what is going on." A teacher at Gilford Elementary School, she said that she was accustomed to being around children and remarked "I think it's a perfect place for the Boys and Girls Club, near the schools and the park."