The goal is to make a riverwalk out of the land, Douglas said.
The remaining 11 acres will cost up to $550,000 and the town will apply for a Park Acquisitions and Renovations for Community grant that is for land will be used for “active recreation, which is to say ball fields,” Douglas said.
The town has already approved $1.2 million during a prior Town Meeting vote to buy the land. The $550,000 will join that, and reflects a final purchase price that “would be sufficient for us to purchase the property,” Douglas said.
SCHOOLS, TOWN BUILDINGS SEE WORK PITCHES
The town’s Plant and Facilities department has brought a number of articles, with requests ranging from restoring the high school’s tennis courts to putting the finishing touches on the World War I Memorial Auditorium by Town Offices and the Park.
The biggest among them is a $3.2 million plan to repave parking lots and sidewalks around Doherty Middle School ahead of the possible construction of the Cormier Youth Center behind the school.
A $1 million article will also seek to seal exterior masonry at High Plain Elementary and Wood Hill Middle schools, perform security upgrades at Andover schools, construct a loading dock at Andover High School and more.
A $330,000 request from acting Plant and Facilities Director Maria Maggio seeks to finish several years of work at the World War I Memorial Auditorium at Doherty Middle School.
The work, which comes at the end of years of renovation work both inside and outside, will “add an elevator for handicapped access and put in a new (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system in there,” Maggio said. “Part of it is also looking at the copy center and the records area, which is kind of between the Town Offices.”