8 developers from Seacoast to Boston make pitch for Portsmouth housing project

PORTSMOUTH — City staff have narrowed the number of firms interested in partnering with the city of Portsmouth to create permanent below market rate housing at the former Sherburne School site from eight to four.

Groups and developers responding to the Request For Qualifications (RFQ) included the Portsmouth Housing Authority — which pitched a project for the city-owned site last year — along with developers from Boston, Portland, Maine, and elsewhere in New Hampshire.

City Manager Karen Conard told the City Council that a number of city staff met Monday to review the submissions filed with the city.

“The review that they took identified four that are worthy of moving on for interviews,” Conard told the City Council during their meeting Monday night. “Those four have not yet been notified nor has a date for those interviews been set.”

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