Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


December 6, 2012

Approval of affordable housing looms

Meeting this weekend to address, sign off on project


The project will also have 182 parking spaces in garages underneath the two buildings and 195 outdoor parking spaces. It will be built on 20.1 acres of land.

The decision: Restrictions added, land gifted

Over the span of the project’s 16 public hearings, meetings have addressed a variety of concerns, including traffic impacts, water and sewer needs, how the project would affect area schools and more.

The project includes a three-acre, $110,000 storm water management system that will improve water quality for area residents. Nearly 27 acres of open land along Fish Brook will also be given to the town as part of the project’s approval.

“It’s being given to the town for no consideration,” Johnson said. “It’s something we offered to do as part of the approval process.”

Construction will be limited to weekdays only, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Construction on Saturdays can be approved by the town’s building inspector.

With one of the two buildings being built alongside Interstate 93, all apartments with windows facing the highway will need to feature sound-proof windows.

Developers will also need to give the town $150,000 to fund “corridor planning and improvements on Lowell Street.”

When the project was first presented last October, it appeared alongside a competing 288-unit, four-building development on Shattuck Road. That project was rejected by the Zoning Board in September in a decision that has since been appealed.

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