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January 25, 2013

Hearing on former Chepulis house postponed

NORTH ANDOVER – The Conservation Commission has postponed until Feb. 13 a hearing on a plan to demolish the vacant house at 1018 Osgood St. and build a Dunkin’ Donuts.

The commission was expected to review the plan Wednesday night, but the developer asked for the postponement. Cafua Realty Trust, a Methuen firm that owns and operates numerous Dunkin’ Donuts franchises, bought the property for $400,000 last January.

The Planning Board is expected to consider the developer’s proposal to build a 2,250-square-foot coffee shop with a drive-through Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The large house was owned for many years by William Chepulis, an MIT-educated electrical engineer who served on the Conservation Commission for 15 years and the Planning Board for more than 20 years. He lived there with his wife Olga and their four children.

Chepulis suffered a massive heart attack at the May 1989 annual Town Meeting while he was speaking out against a plan to build two elementary schools. He died six months later.

The commission voted unanimously to issue certificates of compliance for several projects the Department of Public Works recently completed near wetlands.

The projects include drainage work on Autran Avenue; water mains installed on Elmwood, Fernwood, Harwood and Jetwood streets; and a sewer line between High and Sutton streets.

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