Editor, Townsman:

Town meeting will be asked to approve the sale of the property known as “Old Town Yard” located within the Historic Mill District. Memorial Hall Library, an anchor building for Andover’s downtown, is also within the Historic Mill District’s boundaries.

The sale of the Old Town Yard represents a generational opportunity in the life of Andover. With thoughtful planning by the Historic Mill District Task Force, this mixed-use district will be further enhanced by pedestrian walkways to provide access to the library, the downtown, the MBTA and the Shawsheen River. In addition, a key objective is improved automobile traffic throughout the area.

Remediation of the infamous seven-way intersection will make it much safer for the hundreds of school children who walk to the library after school every day. New gathering places and open spaces in the area will encourage more people to visit and take advantage of the many things Andover has to offer, including the programs, events and skilled assistance at Memorial Hall Library.

For these reasons, the Board of Library Trustees unanimously voted to support the sale of Old Town Yard articles at the upcoming Town Meeting. Importantly, the Trustees will ensure that the needs of library patrons are met by staying engaged in the district development process.

MEMORIAL HALL LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES — CHAIR KAREN HERMAN, JOHN HESS, CAROLYN FANTINI, LAURENCE LAMAGNA, MARILYN SANTAGATI, ANTHONY STRACESKI AND MARK YANOWITZ

 

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