Cafua files plan for new building on Hathaway House site

LACONIA — Cafua Management Company, LLC, which owns the lot at 1106 Union Avenue that holds both a Dunkin' Donuts store and the Hathaway House, has submitted plans at City Hall to redevelop the portion of the property where the Italianate home stands.

Last September, Cafua , which purchased the property in 2000, applied for a permit to demolish the Hathaway House, sparking a frantic effort to preserve it. After meeting with Greg Nolan of Cafua, to discuss alternatives to demolition the Heritage Commission ultimately conceded that if the building was to be preserved, it would have to relocated. Last month the commission agreed to search for a private developer interested in moving, renovating and owning the building.

Cafua proposes to construct a 4,850-square-foot retail building on the northern half of the 1.6-acre lot. The building would would be reached by a spur off the existing entryway to Dunkin' Donuts, eliminating the need for a fresh curb-cut. The building would be divided into three units, two of 1,650-square-feet and one of 1,550-square-feet and would be served by 27 parking spaces, 11 more than required.

In addition, with the removal or demolition of the Hathaway House, Cafua intends to improve the traffic flow through Dunkin' Donuts by adding a loop at the northwest corner of the site, which would carry vehicles to the drive-through window. At the same time, delivery trucks, which have parked in the entryway alongside the Hathaway House would be assigned a dedicated lane to circle the building and park on the south side of the lot.

The Heritage Commission will meet at 5 p.m. today when an update on the effort to preserve the Hathaway House is expected.