Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


November 14, 2013

Charting a strong future

Economic development forum eyes town growth


Vaill and others, meanwhile, are also keeping their eyes on the Town Yard, currently occupied by the public works and water departments in a downtown area near the train station.

“All of us want to see something happen with the transit-oriented district down by the Town Yard,” Vaill said.

A vote to rezone that property failed narrowly at the last Town Meeting. And there has been little discussion by the Board of Selectmen, or anyone else, since.

Vaill, however, is hopeful that the town yard issue comes up again.

Materazzo, meanwhile, is still waiting for direction from the Board of Selectmen on whether to again advance the rezoning the site.

Meanwhile, the private market is already making inroads in that neighborhood.

Ozzy Properties of North Andover recently purchased an old mill building at 18-20 Red Spring Road that it intends to transform from a traditional manufacturing site to a mixed use of retail, residential and office space.

“We will see development activity on the peripheral around the station, but now we are waiting to see what the selectmen and town’s plans are — will we pursue it or leave it as town yard?” Materazzo said. “From a planning standpoint, it would make sense, but we need to wait to see what the political leaders want to do.”

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