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March 1, 2013

Youth Center design tweaked ahead of Town Meeting

Foundation has raised $2M, $200,000 shy of promise


The first phase’s construction costs are expected to be around $3.5 million, Huntress said. That doesn’t include other costs, such as design and engineering expenses, that bring the first phase’s total up to $4.2 million.

The Andover Youth Foundation — charged with providing $2.2 million before taxpayers provide the $2 million it approved at 2011 Special Town Meeting — doesn’t have all of the money it needs in the bank yet, according to foundation Treasurer Brian Lynch.

The foundation, to date, has raised $2 million — including $400,000 it gave the town to hire the project’s architect as the process started. $200,000 more is needed, but foundation Chairwoman Diane Costagliola said the foundation “will have all the money for phase one by the time they need us to have it.”

The building committee’s goal is to not bring the project to another Town Meeting vote once annual Town Meeting has adjourned.

“We were adamant to the fact that we won’t go to Town Meeting for more money,” Huntress said. “The foundation has told us they are ready, willing and able to move forward.”

The foundation hopes that its annual telethon, scheduled for March 14 and 15 at the high school’s Collins Center for the Performing Arts, will bring in the final bits of cash needed to put a shovel in the ground.

Direct donation letters for the telethon will be going out to Andover homes next week, according to foundation Vice-Chairwoman Andrea Zames.

For more information on the telethon or to participate, email CormierYouthCenter@gmail.com or call 978-623-8241.

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