EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 13, 2012

No offers on table for Chester College

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — CHESTER – Trustees are reassuring the community there are no plans for a correctional halfway house on the former Chester College campus.

The college closed earlier this year and trustees are in the process of marketing the property.

Robert Baines, who served as president of Chester College, issued a statement saying trustees and their advisers are looking for buyers who would use the property in a way consistent with its prior uses and the character of the community.

“Apparently, there are rumors that potential buyer of the property is involved in some kind of private prison or correctional halfway house activity,” Baines said. “No such activity has ever been proposed and no such buyer has ever approached Chester College about purchasing the property.”

A representative of Granite House, a Derry-based sober house, backed out of an informal discussion with the Planning Board last week. Granite House’s clients are coping with drug and alcohol problems, but aren’t inmates.