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Merrimack Valley

January 25, 2013

Developer eyes former Bradstreet School

NORTH ANDOVER – There may be some life in the old school yet.

A potential developer has submitted a proposal to rehabilitate the former Bradstreet School at 70 Main St., Town Manager Andrew Maylor said. He declined to provide further details on the proposal until it has been presented to the selectmen, but he did say that town officials have determined that what the developer has in mind meets the board’s requirements.

Bradstreet School, built in 1911, served students until 2005. For a while, town officials considered rehabilitating the building into a police station.

Instead, the town purchased the former Merrimack Valley Credit Union office at 1475 Osgood St. and turned it into a police station, which purpose it has served since October 2010.

The selectmen have said they would like the former school to be used for professional offices, homes or both. Selectman Rosemary Connelly Smedile said she wants something there that will attract other businesses to Main Street.

The town now pays about $40,000 per year to maintain a vacant building.

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