Youth Center

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Some news and articles on the proposed Andover Youth Center:

In July of 2000, the Andover Youth Foundation suggested land behind the Chandler Fire Station for a Youth Center.

Yvon and Noella Cormier of Andover donated $1.5 million to the Town of Andover for a youth center in West Andover. Under the agreement with the Andover Youth Foundation, the town will provide 6 acres in West Andover. The center would be called the Cormier Family Youth Center. Yvon owns the Cormier Construction Company.

Funding and other issues delay a June 2006 start date for construction of a Youth Center.

In 2006, a location downtown was discussed, but the article asking the Town for $900,000 was withdrawn from the Town Warrant. Selectman Brian Major suggested a Special Town Meeting in the fall to deal with the youth center.

The Special Town Meeting in the Spring of 2013 approved using half of the $1.4 million Wood Trust (a fund established for the benefit of senior citizens) on the new Cormier Family Youth Center.


  • "Foundation: Give us Land, We'll Raise the Money," Andover Townsman, July 6, 2000.
  • "Youth Center Gets $30K From Andonna," Andover Townsman, September 27, 2001.
  • "Couple's Gift Boosts Project," Eagle Tribune, October 1, 2001.
  • "Youth Center $75,000 Richer," Andover Townsman, November 5, 2001.
  • "$120K raised at Telethon for Youth Center," Andover Townsman, February 12, 2004.
  • "New Center Further off Schedule," Boston Globe, January 22, 2006.
  • "Fall Meeting Discussed for Youth Center Vote," Andover Townsman, April 6, 2006.
  • "Youths' sweet dream advances to finish lane," Andover Townsman, April 25, 2013, p. 13.
  • "Forging common ground," Andover Townsman, May 16, 2013, p. 1.
...Youths' sweet dream advances to finish lane.... click to enlarge

  • "Youth Center scores key funding: Special Town Meeting vote takes project to $5.4M," Andover Townsman, May 9, 2013, p.1.
  • "Youth Center seeing final changes: expanded gym, generator proposed," Andover Townsman, June 20, 2013, p. 1.
  • "Youth Center expansion, upgrade approved: Two accounts tapped to supplement project," Andover Townsman, June 27, 2013, p. 1.
  • "Youth Center construction set for October," Andover Townsman, August 15, 2013, p. 1.
  • "Cormier Youth Center pact finally OK'd as bid deadline nears," September 12, 2013, p. 5.
  • "Roadblock for Youth Center: Bids cause snag in ground-breaking," Andover Townsman, October 10, 2013, p. 1.

--Kim 15:01, May 9, 2013 (EDT)

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