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February 13, 2013

Selectmen discuss Bradstreet sale; no decision yet

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“We don’t take demolishing of a building lightly,” John Winslow, architect for the project, told the selectmen. Like Gordon, he said it is “not feasible to renovate that building.”

Emily Rosenbaum, executive director of Coalition for a Better Acre, said the corporation will pay for the demolition of the old school.

“We know that 24 units will work,” said Winslow, who noted the Coalition has already built numerous affordable apartments in Lowell and other nearby communities.

Four of the apartments will have one bedroom, 17 will have two bedrooms and three will each have three bedrooms, he said. Madeline Nash, director of real estate for the Coalition, said the one-bedroom homes will rent for $907 per month, while two-bedroom apartments will have a monthly rent of $1,097,

The three-bedroom apartments will be rented for $1,310 per month, she said.

The apartments will be available to working families earning less than 60 percent of the median household income for this area, according to the proposal submitted to the town.

Nash said the apartments would be ideal for an entry-level teacher or police officer. The Coalition is working on establishing a preference for North Andover residents and veterans, she said.

“We have to answer to the (state) Department of Housing and Community Development.” she said.

The selectmen are expected to continue to discuss the Bradstreet School at their next meeting, Feb. 25.

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