Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


April 11, 2013

Voters will be asked to redo DMS site with youth center

$2.5 million project


Because of that, “the soil has to be removed — [across] the whole footprint of the building,” Ataide said.

To comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, a sloping section 16 feet long that starts eight feet deep must also be dug out around the building’s footprint, according to Ataide.

That digging would cut into the Doherty Middle School’s driveways. Additional digging would also cut through the school’s driveways to run power, water and sewer service from nearby streets to the youth center, Ataide said.

The plan is to dig in and build the youth center’s foundation while the town also replaces the paved areas around the school, according to Chris Huntress, Andover Youth Center Building Committee chairman.

Officials are hoping the $2.5 million warrant article is approved. They’re unsure what would happen if the youth center construction went forward without a process to replace Doherty’s paved surfaces set in stone.

“If they don’t approve the [Doherty project] and the youth center is definitely breaking ground in August, we’re going to be working throughout the fall, ripping up that bus lane and drop-off area behind the school,” Huntress said.

A portion of the youth center’s budget is also paying for a share of the Doherty Middle site project, though how much will be spent exactly wasn’t available this week, according to Huntress and Ataide.

The youth center’s portion of the project covers the 19 parking spaces set aside for the building and any work needed to run utilities to the building, Ataide said.


Another detail about the project currently in flux is access to the site. As it stands, one entrance for the senior center, youth center and Doherty Middle School would feed off Chestnut Street, run along Whittier Court and lead out to Bartlet Street, according to Huntress.

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