Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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January 9, 2014

Town loses remaining Reichhold property

Site eyed for playing fields sold to LLC

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While Selectman Brian Major was disappointed about losing the site, he said, “I completely understand the company is trying to get some cash.”

Major said while the elusive final piece of the site “is a nice block of land,” the town still owns a sizable stretch along the water that it will maintain.

He added there are other options for creating baseball, softball and soccer fields elsewhere in town to satisfy the town’s existing recreational needs.

“We can still look at the Deyermond facility, where we will be capping (the landfill). There is potential for putting additional fields there,” Major said. “We can build additional fields behind South, Sanborn (schools). We have space to do it.”

While the Reichhold property could have been the next field of dreams in town, there are limitations on the site due to the prior contamination, according to Registry of Deed documents.

The site can’t be used for housing, a school, day care, nursery, agriculture or farming. Additionally, a state hazardous waste site cleanup professional must sign off on any work removing soils or any construction or renovation efforts at the site before work occurs, the documents say.

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