Sherburne School Project

Sherburne School

Sherburne School Neighborhood Meeting scheduled with City Council and Portsmouth Housing Authority at Sherburne School on Tues Jan 31. Following that meeting the City Council on Feb 6 referred the project to the City land use boards for evaluation and a report back. The PHA is no longer pursuing an August tax credit application timeframe.

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The City Council held a Work Session on January 12, 2023 to review a presentation by Portsmouth Housing Authority and public comment to consider the reuse of the City-owned Sherburne School building and property at 35 Sherburne Road.

In August 2022, the School Board voted unanimously to approve the relocation of the Robert Lister Academy, the current Sherburne School occupant, to the Community Campus once renovations are completed there to accommodate the Academy's needs. the Board also voted unanimously to transfer care and control of the property to the City. The Council is reviewing all options for the reuse of the 5-acre Sherburne property. 

This presentation covered:

  • Sherburne site attributes
  • School building attributes
  • Options for housing
  • Options for community uses
  • Sustainability goals
  • 2022 Housing Market Study findings
  • History of partnership in affordable housing
  • PHA financial commitment
  • Timeline options: "Yes, Housing Now" or "Maybe, Housing Later"

Also see meeting video, below, starting at timestamp 1:14:40.