EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 10, 2013

Lot changes approved for Route 114 condo project

By Paul Tennant

---- — NORTH ANDOVER — The Conservation Commission on Wednesday night approved modifications to several lots for condominiums that are being built on Route 114.

The One Hundred Fourteen Trust is building 48 condominiums on a site that’s across the highway from the former site of the Boston Hill Ski Area, where 133 homes for people over the age of 62 are nearing completion.

The developer submitted plans for wider driveways as well as relocated propane tanks so they’ll have no impact on wetlands. Conservation Commission Chairman Louis Napoli and other board members said they had no problems with the modifications.

The condominium project has been a long time coming, Napoli said. One Hundred Fourteen Trust began the approval process for the project, which includes homes for people earning below-average incomes, eight years ago, he said.

The commission concluded a public hearing on a small subdivision planned for 464 Appleton St. Charles Carroll, the developer, plans to raze a house now occupied by Denis and Claudia Dupuis to make way for six homes.

Philip Christiansen, engineer for the project, submitted a revised plan to the commission that guarantees no more than 10 percent of the 22-acre site will be disturbed. Conservation Administrator Jennifer Hughes pointed out that because the site borders a stream, Mosquito Brook, the disturbed area must be kept to a minimum.

Christiansen has said a large portion of the site will be preserved as open space. Commissioner Deborah Feltovic thanked Hughes for guiding the board through the long process of reviewing the project.

The commission is expected to act soon on the Department of Public Works’ proposal to install sewers on Bunkerhill Street. Board members said they don’t see any problems with this undertaking.

The commission approved a continuance until June 12 for Angus Realty Corp.’s plan to build a branch for Pentucket Bank at 1077 Osgood St., the Butcher Boy Plaza. Because the bank would be located only a few hundred yards from Lake Cochichewick, the town’s drinking water supply, the developer needs to build an adequate stormwater management system, Hughes has said.

Present at Wednesday night’s meeting were Napoli, Feltovic, John Mabon and Douglas Saal. Joseph Lynch, Albert Manzi Jr. and Sean McDonough were absent.