A pandemic is hardly the thing a developer figures to occur during the Phase 1 opening of a 170-Acre mixed-use facility planned to top out at four million sq. ft. of GLA. COVID-19 led Tuscan Village developers to tear up some of their blueprints.
“It caused us to make a huge shift in the inventory of space. We doubled the amount of residential," said Mike Powers, senior VP of retail at the massive development.
The pandemic led droves of Bostonians to New Hampshire — which does not impose a state income tax — and Tuscan Village’s first apartment units were snapped up quickly.
The project’s retail footprint now exceeds 700,000 sq. ft., in a space that sits across from Simon’s 150-store Mall at Rockingham Park. Its retail brands feature national favorites (Nike, L.L. Bean, Ulta, Old Navy) with an emphasis on home goods stores (Arhaus, Container Store, Sleep Number, Williams Sonoma).
One of the most popular stops for visitors is the Tuscan Market owned by Tuscan Village developer Joe Faro. The Beer Garden is a nightly magnet for patrons of a summer concert series.
Just opened in July at Tuscan Village was the 70,000-sq.-ft. Mass General Brigham medical center, a 23-hour medical facility that will do imaging and day surgery. It’s the first center opened in New Hampshire by the venerable Boston hospital.
“What’s happened in the last two years proved out how important it is to have everything in one place,” Powers said. “Having music and recreation and a lake—and also making it easy for residents to go see a doctor.”
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