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October 11, 2012

Conservation Commission OKs Stevens Street gas line

NORTH ANDOVER – The Conservation Commission last night unanimously approved Columbia Gas of Massachusetts’ proposal to extend the gas line along Stevens Street.

The new line will be connected to five single-family houses recently built on Stevens Street. The new homes are behind the North Parish Church in Old North Andover Center.

Patrick Levesque, representing Columbia Gas, assured the board erosion control devices will be in place during the installation of the gas line.

The board also approved two small projects in neighborhoods near wetlands. Dale Lewis will be permitted to replace a deck at 200 Vest Way. Hollie Baggs won the go-ahead to build a shed at 53 Old Cart Way.

Patrick Walsh received permission to build an addition at 53 Bridges Lane. The project will require the removal of some trees. Jack Sullivan, of Sullivan Engineering Group LLC, said no work will be done within 50 feet of wetlands. North Andover prohibits building within 50 feet of wetlands.

At the request of Conservation Administrator Jennifer Hughes, the commission voted to ratify a cease and desist order against Hera Development Corp., which began constructing some buildings at 1503 Osgood St.

Hughes said the developer has failed to comply with directives from the Conservation Commission.

Hera has not done any work at the site, which is across Route 125 from 1600 Osgood St., the former home of Western Electric and Lucent, for many months, Hughes said.

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