Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

January 17, 2013

Services exist, no need to rezone Dascomb Road area


The Andover Townsman

---- — Editor, Townsman:

I read with interest “Town seeks options for land near I-93: Town Meeting voters could rezone River and Dascomb roads near highway ramps.” As far as the Dascomb Road interchange, the facts stated are completely wrong. The article implies that the interchange is devoid of all services and a hardship for people living in Andover. Nothing can be further from the truth.

Within two blocks of the I-93 Dascomb Road interchange are the following services: two Dunkin’ Donuts, one sub shop, one pizza/sub shop, two restaurants, two quickie marts, one dry cleaners, one gas station, one car wash, one liquor store, 1 Zumba fitness shop, and one recently expanded park-and-ride lot. I am not sure what is going on with this effort to rezone...but there are plenty of services at this interchange. There is absolutely no reason to rezone it. Something smells fishy here.

There are plenty of houses in this area, and adding additional services will permanently change the nature of the area. The current services are a little away from the interchange itself, giving the area a pleasing rustic appearance. Peppering additional services right at the interchange will create an instant eyesore as one exits Rt93, that would give people entering Andover an impression of an over-commercialized town.

I urge people to vote against this spurious proposal, if it gets through to Town Meeting.

Rich Michalik

7 Hearthstone Place