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Merrimack Valley

February 20, 2013

Lupoli to build new medical building

ANDOVER — The town and a prominent developer are ready to begin construction on a new urgent and specialized care facility on Lowell Street in conjunction with two medical providers.

Sal Lupoli, owner of Lupoli Companies, will begin construction soon on a 30,000-square-foot three-story building that will house primary care doctors, urgent care space and specialized medical services. Lawrence General Hospital and Pentucket Medical are collaborating and will be the building’s two tenants.

The idea behind the new Andover Medical Center and ExpressCare is to provide specialized medical treatments locally.

“This new center is only one way we are enhancing local access to high quality, affordable health care, and eliminating the need for patients and families to travel into Boston for key specialty services,” said Dianne J. Anderson, President and CEO of Lawrence General Hospital.

Lupoli, whose company owns the Sal’s Pizza and Salvatore’s restaurant chains and the Riverwalk complex in Lawrence, said the two-year, roughly $16 million project should be completed by the end of this year and ultimately will create between 75 and 100 local jobs.

“The building is fully occupied at Day One,” he said.

The building, which was designed by Lavallee Brensinger Architects of Manchester, N.H., will rise on just under a quarter acre at 321 Lowell St. in front of the Rolling Green Golf Course and across from the Internal Revenue Service building. It will overlook Interstate 93, and Lupoli said the visibility, and the glass-and-masonry design, will be one of its greatest assets.

“It’s going to be a state-of-the-art facility,” he said.

Lawrence General and Pentucket, which leases space at Lupoli’s Riverwalk complex on Merrimack Street in Lawrence, said in a joint statement yesterday that they want to offer specialized care services so patients can stay local for more care, and to provide a convenient location for Andover and North Andover residents.

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