Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

June 5, 2013

Seven-lot development proposed for River Road

By Dustin Luca

---- — A plan to subdivide and develop about 12 acres of land along River Road is coming before the Planning Board next week.

Mesiti Development, based out of North Andover, is seeking to build Ferry Crossing in the area of 289 River Road. Once completed, the project would include seven residential units and a direct connection to town-owned conservation land bordering the Merrimack River.

The project will come before the Planning Board at its meeting Tuesday, June 11, at 7:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Town Offices at 36 Bartlet St.

Anthony Mesiti, CEO of Mesiti Development, said the company purchased property at 289 River Road, located between Furnari Farm Lane and Peterof Circle.

Mesiti already has approval to build a new home at the front of the property, he said. He’s now seeking approval to divide and develop the wooded land behind it

The 289 River Road site was purchased with a home on it, but because of its diminished condition, “we demolished the house. That’s why we’re able to get one of the homes built almost right away,” Mesiti said.

The other six lots, as proposed, range from .7 to 2.1 acres in size. A cul-de-sac identified in the plans as Jillian Way also has an access point at the end of it leading to about 4.7 acres of open space bordering Andover Village Improvement Society conservation land.

The Ferry Crossing name on the project honors the land’s previous use, back to a time when boats used the site to cross the river into Dracut, Mesiti said.

“The town wants to preserve the area, and we’re giving them quite a bit of acreage and access to it,” he said.

The project also incorporates an 80-foot-long bridge crossing over a stream on the property’s open space, according to Mesiti.

The company recently completed a larger project, the Oak Ridge Village Maplewood Reserve community in North Andover. That community has 269 condominium units, Mesiti said.