NorthLand converting former industrial property
By THOMAS P. CALDWELL
LACONIA DAILY SUN
BELMONT — NorthLand Construction of Alton, which has purchased the former Wilcom manufacturing building on Route 3, across from the Belknap Mall, will move company headquarters there while also converting much of the space into storage units and professional offices.
Owner Timothy Suchocki, who closed on the property on April 17, said he was there the next day tearing down interior walls and cleaning up the parking lot to renovate the nine-acre property to the new uses.
Suchocki said the second floor of the 55,000-square-foot building, which has 16,000-square-feet with its own access from an upper parking lot, is configured for medical offices and is suitable for doctors, physical therapists, and rehabilitation services.
“The office space is available immediately, and I’m willing to reconfigure it any way they need,” he said.
NorthLand will be using the much of the first-floor office space for its headquarters, but there also is a section with professional office space that will be available.
The majority of the lower floor — originally a bowling alley and most recently manufacturing space for Wilcom Products, Inc. — is large enough to accommodate 160 storage units, Suchocki said. He plans to have an on-site manager to oversee the heated storage space, and security features will include motion detectors and cameras. He will be upgrading the building’s sprinkler system to accommodate the new units, he said.
Suchocki expects the storage units will be ready in time for a July opening, and he plans to add exterior units after that.
NorthLand also has been cleaning up the outside property, removing trees that had grown up near the building and cleaning up the parking lot in preparation for offering boat and recreational vehicle storage toward the back of the lot.
The company also has a marine division that builds residential and commercial boat docks, breakwaters, and boathouses, and Suchocki’s Connecticut-based highway construction company, Suchocki & Son, Inc., also will be operating from the Belmont property to handle anticipated jobs in New Hampshire.
“We really enjoy this area,” he said. “Belmont is an up-and-coming place, with friendly people and beautiful scenery, and we’re happy to be here.”
Wilcom Products, Inc., a manufacturer of telecommunications test equipment and components, has relocated to smaller quarters in Meredith.
Timothy Suchocki, owner of NorthLand Construction, takes a hands-on approach to his job, operating the heavy equipment that is cleaning up the parking lot of the Wilcom building in Belmont he has purchased as the company’s new headquarters, with office and storage space for rent. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Tom Caldwell)
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