Originally from Lawrence, Davila, 32, moved into 174 River Road with her children seven years ago. She said it has been a wonderful experience.
“We love this community,” she said. “We’ve been embraced. We love the schools, do sports and have met new friends.”
Since its founding in 1992 by a small group of Andover residents, Andover Community Trust has built six permanently affordable homes for income-eligible families. Based on the strong belief that diversity is an important contributor to vital and livable communities, ACT builds modest three-bedroom homes to meet the needs of eligible households with incomes that are between 60 and 80 percent of the area median income.
The Andover Street project began in 2010 with the purchase of a 1/2-acre lot from the town of Andover at a tax-title auction. The plans were approved by the Andover Board of Appeals in 2011.
ACT is now preparing to move forward with its seventh house, planned for 94 Woburn St. The group will be seeking a special permit for the project from the Zoning Board of Appeals at its meeting next week.
But for now, the Morales family will enjoy being ACT’s newest homeowners.
As they looked around the property, which they hope to occupy in mid-September, Vonne Morales said, “I already have work for my dad.” She pointed to the stairs leading from the back deck to the backyard, which still needs to be landscaped. “My No. one thing is to get a gate right there.”
Just then, a train roared by on the MBTA tracks that run parallel to Andover Street, just a few yards from the back of their property.
“We hang out here a lot,” she said. “We sit here on the deck and talk and look around and say ‘hi’ to the neighbors. They are great.”