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Controversy Over Parkland
Valley Patriot Staff
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Controversy is brewing before the North Andover Zoning Board of Appeals over property located at 50-53 May Street.

The property is presently owned by the North Andover Housing Authority. An application was recently submitted by the Authority to the Town of North Andover for a special permit under Chapter 40B to “erect a two-family dwelling upon vacant premises.”  

The prior owner of the property is opposed to the Housing Authorities request to build a two family house and argues that the property is not a “vacant premises.”  Prior owner of 50-53 May Street, Violet Kondrat, states that the property is a park and should remain a park.

Back in 1981 then owner, Violet Kondrat, sold her land on May Street to the North Andover Housing Authority with the expectation that it would become a park.  The attached letter dated September 13, 1981 written to Violet by then executive Director of the North Andover Housing Authority, Louis Minicucci, states “This property will be utilized for the construction of a park.”  

During this negotiation process between Violet and the Housing Authority,  the Town of North Andover applied for and received a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $80,000 to “develop new park at May Street, adjacent to McCabe Court.” as indicated in the Authority’s Annual Report for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1982.

And in the Housing Authorities Annual Report for Fiscal Year ending September 30, 1983, under the heading Modernization Activity Completed, it states “completed park on May Street, adjacent to McCabe Court.”

Prior owner, Violet Kondrat, has filed a written objection with the North Andover Board of Appeals, asking that the land remain a park.  

The matter is scheduled to be heard at the September 11th Board of Appeals meeting.      

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