Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

January 6, 2012

WEB UPDATE: Superior Court supports Bancroft project; appeal possible

By Dustin Luca

The state's Superior Court has supported the town's Conservation Commission and the order of conditions it issued to allow the construction of Bancroft Elementary School. The decision moves Andover one step closer to starting construction on its $44 million new school.

In the decision, Superior Court Justice Robert Cornetta said that the commission must make two minor changes to its order of conditions. Appeals are possible to the Superior Court's decision, according to Andover's acting Plant and Facilities Director Maria Maggio, but the town is hoping it does not face one from abutters unhappy with the project.

"Now that the court has decided in favor of the town, it is time for the litigation to end and for the much needed Bancroft school building project to move forward," said Thomas Urbelis, Andover town counsel.

If there is no appeal to the Superior Court ruling, only an adjudicatory hearing on the project within the state's Department of Environmental Protection will remain. This hearing is the result of an appeal against a prior DEP decision to support the Andover project.

For more on this story, see next week's edition of the Andover Townsman.