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February 20, 2013

Lupoli to build new medical building

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“Access to care that is timely and convenient is an important part of medicine’s future,” said Pentucket Medical President Thomas L. Fazio, MD. “Offering the appropriate mix of health care services in a setting close to home is an important step into this future. Pentucket Medical has a long-standing relationship with Lawrence General, and this provides a sound basis for this exciting evolution.”

The building will be an expansion for both Lawrence General and Pentucket, adding new services to the region, as opposed to finding a new facility for existing staff and services. Both providers are evaluating specifically what kinds of services will fill the building.

Lupoli said the particulars of the plot of land drew out the process. But town officials have been helpful and now he is confident construction can begin as soon as weather permits.

Andover town officials said they are excited about the new building and services. “The Board of Selectmen has taken it upon themselves to encourage new business in Andover with the Economic Development Council,” said Select Board Chairman Paul Salafia. “We’re doing everything we can to encourage new business into town.”

Salafia said Lupoli has agreed to contribute mitigation funds for traffic management on a road already congested with traffic from the interstate and the IRS and Raytheon buildings.

Lupoli, best known for his chain of pizzerias, renovated a complex of old mill buildings totaling 2.3 million square feet of space on 60-plus acres where local iconic manufacturers such as Pacific Mill and Wood Mill once produced uniforms for American troops, on Merrimack Street into residential and commercial space starting in 2003.

“Ten years ago, it was a symbol of blight. Ten years later its a symbol of prosperity in the Merrimack Valley,” he said.

Riverwalk is 98 percent occupied, with 200 tenants that include several state agencies, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Northern Essex Community College, a Salvatore’s restaurant and the headquarters of his chain of pizza parlors. In all, 3,500 people now work at the complex.

Lupoli Companies also renovated a building on Park Street, formerly the children’s clothing store The Rugged Bear, into a Salvatore’s, an Italian restaurant with a broader menu.

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