Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


July 31, 2013

Facelift coming to Andover Village

$2M upgrade, potential anchor eatery in works

Take a good look at Andover Village Square.

By this time next summer, owners of the mixed-use, micro-community downtown predict it will look a whole lot different.

The owners — Lincoln Essex OAV, a partnership of area property owners including state Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover; area residents John Fenton and Scott Jameson, among others — are about to sink another $2 million into upgrading the complex at 89-93 Main St.

The improvements are aimed at building back activity within the mix of retail, office and residential space, where occupancy has dropped off in recent months.

Mad Maggie’s Ice Cream, which for a year had been planning to open up shop at Andover Village, is one of the latest businesses to part ways with the site. (See related story)

A walk through Andover Village finds a number of empty storefronts and spaces on the ground level with paper covering the windows. Signs announcing businesses have moved and directing customers to new locations hang from some of the doors.

Yet, all is not quiet.

The property’s two longtime anchors — Andover Bookstore and Lantern Brunch — are still open and thriving. And there’s plenty of traffic at the rear of the complex, which is home to a mix of salons, retail shops and professional offices.

One of Andover Village’s newest tenants — Pink Tree Sweets, a bakery that looks out into the courtyard — is optimistic about the future.

“We hope more tenants come soon,” owner Annie Wu said. “We hope more traffic comes this way, because a lot of people go to the outer places of the park.”

The owner’s plans to create a new, vibrant interior courtyard are part of what attracted Wu to Andover Village.

Conceptual drawings show tables for outside dining, a fire pit and more right outside Wu’s front door. She envisions live music entertaining visitors in the future, too.

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