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Merrimack Valley

July 23, 2013

Board eyes plan for 240 apartments

NORTH ANDOVER — The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a meeting on the plan to build 240 apartments on Berry Street near Route 114 tonight.

North Andover Holdings LLC, headed by local resident Eric Loth, has filed for a comprehensive permit to build the homes under Chapter 40B, the state’s zoning law. Because 25 percent of the apartments, or 60 units, are being set aside for people with below-average incomes, the project is exempt from most zoning regulations, including those governing lot sizes.

The developers intend to build the apartments on the site of a former horse farm and riding academy. Residents of Berry Street and other nearby roads have said they fear the apartments will increase traffic in their neighborhood.

Loth and his development team have said they will make improvements to Berry Street and reconfigure its intersection with Route 114 to make it safer.

Several North Andover residents have said they worry about what will happen to the old cemetery that’s on the 27-acre property. Loth said he will have a new fence built around it.

Other local people have said they fear the apartments will add too many students to North Andover schools. John O’Connor, one of the leaders of the development firm, has said the project might add only 20 students.

He said many of the tenants will probably be young professionals who haven’t started their families yet or empty-nesters whose children have grown up.

Tonight’s meeting will begin at 7:30 in City Hall. The developers are expected to present their plans for landscaping of the project.

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