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Merrimack Valley

December 5, 2012

Board reviews developer's plan

NORTH ANDOVER – Thomas Zahoruiko has made several appearances before the Planning Board and Conservation Commission in his quest to renovate one house he already owns and build another nearby on Great Pond Road.

“He’s doing a lot of work to make it work,” Town Planner Judy Tymon said Tuesday night.

Zahoruiko said he has proposed five or six alternatives for the 4-acre property in his attempt to win approval.

“I would rather have it approved because people want it approved,” he said. Initially, he had planned to have a common driveway for the house that’s already there and the one he plans to build, he said.

He changed his mind on that, he said, to “avoid the common driveway issues.” Common driveways, he said, often result in “contentious issues” between abutters.

Because of the site’s proximity to wetlands, Zahoruiko’s plan must also pass muster with the Conservation Commission, before which he is scheduled to appear next week. The commission has urged him to keep the total amount of paved surface to a minimum, he noted.

“I am trying to find the best route to satisfy everybody,” Zahoruiko said. “I am trying to satisfy multiple constituencies.”

The Planning Board took his application under advisement.

Zahoruiko, recently named to the School Building Committee by Town Moderator Mark DiSalvo, has built more than 150 homes in the area.

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