Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


February 14, 2013

No consensus on rezoning Town Yard land


“When you do these cost estimates and you think the land is worth all this, you subtract whatever it will cost to clean it up and whatever it costs in the future,” Lyman said.

Steve Cotton, a member of the former Town Yard Task Force that was behind last year’s Campanella Drive proposal, expressed concern over what would happen with changing the zoning before moving the facility.

If the Town Yard didn’t move, “it sort of seems that the heart of (the zoning district) would be this industrial, not very attractive neighbor,” he said. “I’m kind of at a loss to see how the vision that Paul’s laying out here could really come to revitalize downtown if all of this really didn’t take place.”

Saying yes to the proposal means the town will pursue moving the road and town vehicle maintenance facility away from Lewis Street, Selectmen Chairman Paul Salafia said at the hearing.

Whether the town supports or opposes the expanded zoning proposal, after decades of work, Salafia said a solution for repairing or replacing the Town Yard is on its way.

“We’ve been looking at this parcel for decades. A guy stopped me on the street the other day and said the reason we call this Andover is because we do things over, And-over, And-over, And-over,” Salafia said. “It’s finally a solution. We don’t have to do it And-over, And-over.”

The forum was the first of two chances for the public to weigh in on the zoning proposal before Town Meeting. The second will be held at Memorial Hall Library next Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m.

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