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August 22, 2013

Pearson lauded for affordable housing work

Andover architect John Pearson has been awarded the Fred Stott Advocate Award from the Andover Community Trust, a nonprofit affordable housing community land trust based in town.

Pearson, a senior associate at Margulies Perruzzi Architects in Boston, was awarded the honor for his tireless efforts to build and fund ACT’s homes and was also recognized for his leadership as ACT’s president and chief architect.

A member of the ACT board since 2002, Pearson is currently serving his eighth year-long term as president, overseeing all aspects of the organization, including policy, planning, fundraising and promotion, and applying his architectural expertise to the design and construction of the group’s homes.

Since joining the organization, Pearson has designed and managed the renovation or construction of three of ACT’s six permanently affordable homes in Andover. In 2006, he was one of six people in town recognized by the Andover Rotary Club that year as one of its “Citizens Who Cares.”

Since 2009, ACT has given the Fred Stott Advocate Award in memory of Stott, a committed ACT board member and advocate of affordable housing in Andover. As ACT’s highest honor, the award celebrates the ideals expressed when Stott invited the community to unite its resources and voices behind the affordable housing cause.

ACT’s mission is to add to the affordable housing supply, one home at a time, and maintain the economic diversity of the families in our community,” said Stott’s widow, Susan, who serves as executive director of Andover Community Trust. “This award recognizes John’s advocacy, vision and leadership in shaping and implementing ACT’s mission, as well as his designs and hard work to provide the Town of Andover with permanently affordable homes.”

ACT builds modest, three-bedroom homes to meet the needs of eligible households whose income is between 60 and 80 percent of the area’s median income. Through generous contributions from individuals, banks, foundations and landowners, as well as donations of pro bono professional services from local attorneys, architects and civil engineers, ACT is able to develop and sell an affordable home for $175,000 or less. For more on ACT, visit www.andoverclt.com.

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