Laconia Housing has had its central administration office located in the Sunrise Towers high rise at 25 Union Avenue since the building was built in 1970. Nearly 50 years later, it is time for a change.
Effective October 14, 2019, 32 Canal Street will be the new address for the main office. The new office is located within the former Tavern Inn Garage now referred to as the Tavern Annex. The Tavern Annex has been used by various non-profits over the years. Recently the Annex was subdivided from the Tavern Inn Apartments on Church Street and is being transferred to Laconia Housing. The 50 unit Tavern Inn Apartments elderly project will not be impacted by this move.
With an official address on Canal Street, a fully handicapped accessible entrance is available at 17 Church Street. Enquiries regarding other Laconia Housing properties and the Housing Choice Voucher program will be addressed at the new office space.
17 Church Street is also the address for the Laconia Senior Center. The Senior Center will be relocating to a new location by March 1 of next year. After that time, the space currently occupied by the Senior Center will be available for lease by any entity desiring at grade level space in downtown Laconia.
The space being vacated at 25 Union Avenue will not be vacant for very long. Laconia Housing will immediately begin transforming that space into a supportive services office space for its expanding service programs. As part of the expansion, the community space at Sunrise Towers will be redesigned to include separated dining and community rooms. The laundry room will be relocated out of that space and separate tenant and staff laundries will be built. The supportive services office space will provide meeting rooms, offices for outside service agencies to utilize, and private office space for support service staff and an on-site property manager.
As the neighboring Sunrise House property is nearing a mid-November occupancy date, Laconia Housing will be linking Sunrise House and Sunrise Towers properties into the Sunrise Residential Living campus. Improvements will be made to pedestrian and vehicular circulation to provide links between the two properties that have been physically separated since their construction in the early 1970s. New site lighting and sidewalks will be installed throughout the campus to provide a unified appearance and enhance resident safety. Internal vehicular circulation will be improved and new ambulance and visitor access points will be provided for both buildings within the campus itself.
Laconia Housing is proud to be involved in the revitalization that has taken place at the Main Street/Court Street/Union Avenue gateway to downtown Laconia. Laconia Housing will continue to upgrade the Sunrise Towers building and the Sunrise Residential Living campus site work over the next several years. The main telephone number for Laconia Housing will remained unchanged at 524-2112.