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Merrimack Valley

January 26, 2013

Plan to build apartments draws opposition

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As for Berry Street, he said, “Every spring, the potholes get larger and larger.”

Town Counsel Thomas Urbelis asked if the developer had done drainage calculations, a soil analysis and a plan for a fire suppression system. Regnante, who was accompanied by a landscape architect, an engineer, an architect and a wetlands scientist, said the developer’s team will complete those tasks.

“It is an ongoing process,” he noted.

Ellen McIntyre, who presided over the hearing because Chairman Albert Manzi III recused himself, said it will likely be six to eight months before the board is ready to vote on the project.

Because less than 10 percent of North Andover’s housing is considered affordable by the state, the town is subject to Chapter 40.

The percentage of local homes that are affordable is now 6.12 percent, Regnante said.

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