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March 6, 2013

Plans call for demolition of houses

NORTH ANDOVER — Sometimes the old has to surrender to the new.

The Planning Board is considering two proposals that call for demolishing houses to allow the construction of six homes in one instance, a coffee shop in the other.

The 464 Appleton St. house now occupied by Denis and Claudia Dupuis will be razed to make way for the building of a six-lot subdivision that would border Blue Ridge Road. Philip Christiansen, engineer for the project, said last night a substantial portion of the 22-acre site will be preserved as open space.

Each of the six lots will have a single-family house. The Planning Board continued the hearing on this proposal until March 19 for further review by the town’s engineers. The Dupuises, who attended the hearing last night, said they have made plans to move to another house.

The developer of the project is Charles Carroll.

The board has also been reviewing the plan of Cafua Management to tear down a vacant house and garage at 1018 Osgood St. and build a Dunkin’ Donuts on the site. The Planning Board was scheduled to review Cafua’s proposal last night but the developer asked for a two-week postponement, according to Town Planner Judy Tymon.

The house at 1018 Osgood St. was owned for many years by the late William Chepulis, an MIT-educated engineer who served on both the Planning Board and Conservation Commission. Cafua bought the property from Chepulis’ family in January 2012 for $400,000.

Trees and bushes on the Route 125 site have been cut down. Both the house and the two-car garage are dilapidated.

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