NORTH ANDOVER – Plans for a new senior center in North Andover were given the green light on Monday at a meeting of the city’s board of directors.
“As you know, we’ve been working for a very long time to get to where it is today,” said Executive Director Melissa Murphy-Rodrigues. “We hope to close soon enough.”
To make this closure possible, the board of directors voted to accept a donation of 57,000 square feet of land from Minco Corporation, as authorized by Town Meeting in May 2018.
The land is part of a site at 477 and 505 Sutton Street where the Knights of Columbus operated a building, before closing in 2013. Minco, a developer from North Andover, plans to build 136 units on the part. that they did not build. make a donation.
“The former city manager requested the donation, and the authorization for both projects was pretty much complete when I got here, and now we’re just waiting to get to the point where we could close on the property,” Murphy- Rodrigues mentioned.
A sticking point for accepting the donation was the presence of a tenant in a house on this plot, which could not be evicted during the state’s moratorium on evictions, which has since expired.
“They have now left and we can move forward,” Murphy-Rodrigues said.
The board of directors also voted on Monday to approve the purchase of 1 to 3 rue Surrey, at the corner of Sutton and Surrey streets, for $ 550,000.
“Minco bought the site from residents for $ 600,000 and owns this site for the city to buy,” Murphy-Rodrigues explained at the city meeting in June 2020, where the purchase was approved. “We had it appraised, which was $ 550,000, and we negotiated the $ 550,000 figure around the $ 600,000 the developer paid.”
The Surrey plot is needed to create the 80 parking spaces provided for in the plans for the new senior center, and also to provide an exit from the property, Murphy-Rodrigues said.
When complete, the Senior Center will be 13,500 square feet in a two-story building, replacing the current centre’s much smaller location behind City Hall on Main Street.
“We already bid on this project last May and have a contractor in place since then,” Murphy-Rodrigues said on Monday. “So we’re pretty much ready to go. As soon as we close, we can have those permits dropped off.”