Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


May 2, 2013

Major votes before Town Meeting

Budget, land buys, zoning questions to be decided


“Who among us doesn’t stop to do dry-cleaning, shopping (to and from work)?” Materazzo said. “These people don’t have that opportunity.”

There are limits built into the zoning. Among them, development would be restricted to 25,000 square feet in size, which would prevent big-box stores from moving into Andover, Materazzo said.

“We’re not looking to build the Rockingham Mall,” Materazzo said. “I hope it’s a vibrant, mixed-use business park the residents can be proud of.”

Town Meeting, in a nutshell

Ballardvale Fire Station Restoration: $500,000 sought to renovate the station on Clark Road and Andover Street. Brought through a private resident’s petition efforts, the request conflicts with town efforts to relocate the station elsewhere in town, likely in the vicinity of South Main Street.

School Site Improvements: $3.2 million for site improvements around Doherty Middle School in conjunction with construction of the proposed Cormier Family Youth Center behind the school. Officials have said the alignment of the projects allows for about $700,000 in cost savings, since both projects will require destruction of paved areas behind the school, bringing the project’s real cost down to $2.5 million.

Elderly Housing Overlay District: Zoning modification on River Road to allow for the creation of a new Senior Residential Community Overlay District aimed at making an elderly housing development the preferred option for the Franciscan Center and its associated 113 acres around the western edge of Andover.

Rezoning the `Golden Triangle:’ Zoning modification around Lewis Street to allow for the creation of a new Andover Transit Oriented Development District in the triangle formed by North Main, Pearson and Railroad streets. The change would encourage mixed use development in the area around the neighboring MBTA commuter rail line. If approved, the vote would play into the relocation of the Town Yard.

Tennis Court Renovations: $400,000 to repair seven tennis courts in disrepair at Andover High School.

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