Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


February 7, 2013

More on Bancroft construction: What happens if approved, more


MAY 26, 2010: The Massachusetts School Building Authority supports current plans for the school by approving a feasibility study for the project. The project moves into the design phase.

JUNE 3, 2010: West Knoll Road is targeted as the road to be extended, to allow for school bus, parent and teacher access to the school during construction. Planning continues on the project.

DEC. 6, 2010: Town voters approve the Bancroft Elementary School construction project at a Special Town Meeting.

JAN. 25, 2011: In a ballot vote, voters approve raising taxes beyond Proposition 2 1/2 tax levy limits to pay for the new school. The affirmative vote, 1,955 to 1,168, is the last barrier the project needed to move forward.

AUG. 2011: The School Building Committee announces that ground won’t be broken until 2012 due to delays in the construction permit application process. Meanwhile, the community learns that the school’s beloved Dragon’s Lair playground will be destroyed as part of the construction.

AUG. 17, 2011: The Conservation Commission issues its order of conditions supporting the construction of the West Knoll Road extension. Their vote is necessary because of how wetlands in the area are impacted.

AUG. 25, 2011: Dana Willis, a South Main Street resident, appeals the project’s order of conditions. The next day, the Mann family on South Main Street, operating as MSL Realty Trust, also appeals the project. Their appeals were on the grounds that “there has been no proper evaluation of runoff and related stormwater controls during construction.” Tom Garesché, of West Knoll Road, also appeals the project on Aug. 30. Three more sets of Holt Road residents — Thomas and Jennifer Boshar; Todd Jackson and Caroline Ren; and Thomas and Lisa Williams — also appealed the project on Aug. 30. At that point, Superior Court action is also promised from some of the abutters, on the grounds that the town didn’t follow its wetlands bylaw.

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