Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


December 19, 2013

Community center construction delayed until spring


Construction on the foundation is expected to begin in March. Once the foundation is in, town officials say things should get moving at the site fairly quickly.

“The foundation is more complicated than others, so it has to be perfect,” Fahey said. “It’s not just putting a slab up. Two, pre-engineered buildings are being constructed off-site, and those buildings go on top of the foundation.”

Fahey said of the 21,000-square-foot building, 13,000 square feet involves pre-built structures that will be fastened to the foundation. The result is that the foundation has to exactly match up with the structure.

Andover Youth Foundation has its annual telethon March 19 and 20 and will be televising live interviews and ground-breaking activities remotely from the construction site as part of the fundraiser.

The telethon coincides with the first day of spring March 20. But Huntress said it’s possible construction could start even sooner than that.

“We’ll be on schedule regardless of the weather,” he said. “The better the weather, the faster we can move.”

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