New Life to Historic Hilltop School | Residents Moved in April 1

Written By: Jen Chinburg

In recent good news, the Hilltop School in Somersworth, NH welcomed new residents on April 1.

The historic structure on Grand Street, sat vacant for over a decade, after it closed in 2007. The City of Somersworth conveyed the property to be developed in December of 2017, and plans were approved by the City in March of 2018. After a 12-month renovation, the property now has 22 apartments and 6 commercial spaces. This historic rehabilitation brings new life to this impressive structure. It has long been a beacon of pride for Somersworth.

Many former students and teachers toured the space during the open houses and share fond memories of their years teaching on the hilltop, and appreciation that it was being preserved.

As the School begins its new chapter, residents and visitors were delighted by the details that were preserved, including chalkboards preserved with old lesson plans, and colorful murals along the hallways. The remaining exterior details and landscaping will be completed over the course of the Spring.

The project was rehabilitated by five-time Energy Star Partner of the Year award winning builder, Chinburg Builders. Chinburg is known for restoration of historic buildings and transforming abandoned and vacant properties into great places for people to live, work and play.

All residential apartments have been rented and are occupied. There are a a few remaining commercial units available for lease.