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February 28, 2013

Phillips boathouse ready, town interested in old site

Phillips Academy’s new boathouse is ready, and the town remains interested in buying the old site.

Located on the banks of the Merrimack River in Methuen, the private school’s new William A. Brown Boathouse was dedicated to the school’s first crew coach.

The project involved the complete redevelopment a 5.8-acre site to create a new home for Phillips Academy crew program. The new facility includes a private staff residence, administrative space, changing facilities, museum and great room, plus extensive areas for boat storage and maintenance, launch ramp and docks, according to Windover Construction, which built the facility.

“Everyone connected with the project seemed to have the rowing program’s needs foremost in their minds. They worked hard to understand what we wanted and did their very best to make it happen,” said Andover Crew Coach Pete Washburn.

A proposal for the town of Andover to purchase the old boathouse near the Greater Lawrence Technical School could come before Annual Town Meeting in 2014. How much this would cost is not yet known, according to Andover Conservation Director Bob Douglas.

“We’re still very much interested in purchasing that property. It’s a gorgeous piece of land and would be a great amenity for the town,” he said.

The seven-acre lot of land, located off the Heffron right-of-way near the Greater Lawrence Technical School, sits on the Merrimack River and would enhance town rowing, sailing and camping programs, according to Douglas. The area could also provide a convenient place for Andover public safety workers to put in rescue boats.

— Dustin Luca

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