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Andover Historic Mill District

On behalf of the Andover Planning Board and the Economic Development Council we are pleased to announce the submission of a jointly filed Town Meeting Warrant Article that will allow for the creation of the Andover Historic Mill District.

This article has been submitted to facilitate controlled economic development by establishing specific zoning requirements and design standards for redevelopment within the district. Over the past several years of diligently studying this area, it has become apparent that the zoning in this area is fragmented and as a result is hindering the prosperous growth of downtown.

In response to a series of "Andover Tomorrow Workshops" conducted this past fall--with input from area residents, businesses and community leaders, the Planning Board and Economic Development Council have developed the suggested Andover Historic Mill District. This covers an area of about 100 acres, stretching from Dundee Park to Whole Foods and from Main Street to the Shawsheen River.

With adoption at Town Meeting of this new district, it would help facilitate a tightly controlled process that is in keeping with the character of the central business district, while providing opportunities for new retail, office and housing, expand existing tax base, bolster property values, while expanding the downtown to the regional transit station. Any changes would be fully subject to the normal town approval processes, and would take place over a multi-year period.

To be very clear, this proposal does not address the Town Yard - a topic to be adjudicated by the Board of Selectmen and Town Management. When that conclusion is reached, the result will be totally incorporated into the Historic Mill District.

As a community partner, we invite you to join us on March 10th, 7:00pm at the Doherty Middle School Auditorium, 50 Bartlet Street, where this article will be discussed in more detail at a joint meeting of the Economic Development Council and Planning Board.

In the interim, if you should have any specific questions or would like to schedule a walking tour of the Historic Mill District, please do not hesitate to contact Paul Materazzo, Director of Planning at (978) 623-8310 or email: planning@andoverma.gov .

New Information

Town Meeting 2015 - Historic Mill District

Andover Tomorrow Workshops:

Workshop # 4 - November 20, 2014 Workshop # 3 - October 16, 2014 Workshop # 2 - May 21, 2014 Workshop # 1 - November 20, 2013

Case Studies:

Andover Tomorrow Background - 9/20/14

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