Poor St. Clare Sisters

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In 1997 the Town of Andover entered into an agreement with Lowell and Tewksbury to provide water and sewerage to the Poor Sisters of St. Clare Convent at 460 River Road. In 2000 William McLaughlin, a developer at a company called Avalon, proposed a housing complex for the land presupposing the agreement for the water and sewerage would extend to his development. In an attempt to block the construction of AvalonBay, area residents sponsored and article on the 2003 warrant to rescind the agreement. This would leave the Nuns without water and sewerage, so the Nuns joined with Avalon and sued the Town.

AvalonBay was ultimatley constructed and the Nuns were forced to vacate the property.

See Andover Vertical File - Housing - Affordable Housing

  • "Residents: Apartment Complex Would Ruin Neighborhood", Townsman, July 13, 2000, page 15
  • "No Green Lights for AvalonBay Housing", Townsman, July 19, 2001
  • "As Court Ponders, AvalonBay Buys", Townsman, March, 24, 2005
  • "AvalonBay Wins Legal Battle Against Town", Townsman, December 26, 2006, p.3

--Eleanor 14:49, October 2, 2007 (EDT)

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