North End Housing FAQ's

1. Where is the proposed project located?

The proposed project is located on the west side of Lyme Road, on the grounds of the former golf course. While the focus of this project is residential, this site overall has been identified for academic development in the future. It is important to note that the proposed apartment-style residential project was relocated to this location. It was originally slated to be on the east side of Lyme Road, near Garipay Field. The change was made in response to community feedback.

2. Why was this location chosen over other locations?

The planning team considered a wide variety of sites to support our residential housing needs. Other locations that could be available for development now or in the future presented challenges, including displacement of important needs such as taking existing residence halls off-line before new beds are created; the need to keep existing parking lots; inadequate size; and locations better suited for academic uses. A key driver in the current location was assuring that we could build a project that was both apartment style and had enough units to support a timely renewal of the current residential buildings.

The location on the west side of Lyme Road provides us with the physical space we need for apartment-style living, offers the appropriate number of units, and creates flexibility for how and by whom the housing can be used in the future. Apartment living requires a larger footprint than is available in the center of campus. While there are smaller spaces on the campus that may have been suitable for a traditional residential project, they also have great value for other academic and campus planning needs.

3. Will the golf course be rebuilt?

The former Hanover Country Club will not be recreated. We have focused on creating practice holes at other appropriate locations on and near campus.

4. Why is development starting at the north end of the golf course, and not at the south end, closer to campus?

We believe the site's proximity to the village center, Co-op market, and Pine Park will be attractive to students who would live in the apartments.

5. Will there be continued access to Pine Park and other green spaces in the area?

We know how important the green and open spaces are not only to the Dartmouth community, but to our Hanover neighbors as well. We have worked to maximize and improve the connections to Pine Park, to area fields, and to passive recreation spaces, and we will continue to partner with the Ford Sayre Ski Club and the Dartmouth community to allow Nordic skiing on the property.

6. Does this proposal have to go through town approval?

Yes, the project will need approvals from the Hanover Planning Board and the Hanover Zoning Board of Adjustment.

7. Can the community provide feedback to the project?

We have developed a robust, topic-specific community engagement process for elements including transportation, design, programming, and sustainability. Please visit the North End Housing project website to find specific dates and times of these sessions.

8. What kind of transportation will be available to students who will live at this location?

We are in the early stages of planning, and there is enormous opportunity for the community's input to shape how we build out the project and create programming for the student experience. We have developed a robust, topic-specific community engagement process for elements including transportation, design, programming, and sustainability. Please visit the North End Housing project website to find specific dates and times of these sessions.

9. How many parking spots are expected to be included in this project?

The number of parking spaces will meet the required building and zoning codes specified for undergraduate housing.

10. What kind of student-engagement process is included in this project?

In addition to the community-wide feedback sessions, Student Affairs continues to host a parallel student-specific engagement process, designed to understand the challenges and the opportunities available in apartment-style residences. A number of focus groups will consider:

  • The student experience of the house communities and how that experience could successfully extend to the North End;
  • Space and social planning, including how common and social spaces are designed;
  • How the North End can bridge off-campus housing and on-campus flexibilities/choice, via dining plans, longer-lease options, and storage.

Students and faculty will be our primary focus group members, with the student affairs team gathering feedback from house professors and other affiliated faculty, the student Interhouse Council and summer undergraduate advisors, and a focus group of students living at the new Summit on Juniper apartment complex that opened this spring near the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. 

11. Michaels Student Living, which built and owns the Summit on Juniper project, is involved in this project. Will Michaels build and own the North End residence project?

Michaels has been engaged by Dartmouth as a development consultant and is providing support for the design and construction of the North End residential development; unlike the Summit on Juniper, Dartmouth will own and operate the buildings.

12. Have transportation studies been done?

We are in the process of conducting a study and will make it available when finalized.

Have environmental impact studies been conducted?

We are in the process of conducting a study and it will be made available when finalized. Dartmouth's environmental and sustainability goals are important drivers in the project schematic designs. The design team is using the College's high-performance building standards as a baseline and looking at not only LEED certification but also considering Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) and Living Building Challenge to further improve the performance of the building.

13. Will this project be ADA compliant?

Yes, this project will be fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

14. When are the topic-specific meetings to be held?

We have developed a robust, topic-specific community engagement process for elements such as transportation, design, programming, and sustainability. See the North End Housing project website to find the dates and times of these sessions.

17. How long will this project take?

We expect permitting to extend into early 2023 and the project to be fully built by the fall of 2025.