Seabrook Commons is a power center located on 47-acres along heavily trafficked US Route 1. Situated just north of the Massachusetts border, the center serves as a convenient destination for consumers, including shoppers from Massachusetts who benefit from New Hampshire's lack of sales tax. This development faced numerous hurdles during the early stages of the planning process, including concerns about the traffic that the development would bring to Route 1.
VHB was engaged to move this development forward and was instrumental in creating a public/private partnership between DDR Corporation, the State of New Hampshire, and the Town of Seabrook to design and construct off-site transportation improvements to support the retail center. VHB led the design of critical infrastructure improvements, including a crucial widening of the NH 107 bridge over I-95, ramp widening work, and signal installation at the Exit 1, as well as interchange and intersection improvements at the junction of US 1 and NH 107. As a result of the wetland impacts from the proposed development, VHB devised a mitigation plan that included the restoration of a critical salt marsh habitat adjacent to the site. We prepared the permitting documents, construction plans and specifications, and provided construction phase services for Seabrook Commons over the construction period.