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Town of Andover Newsletter
November 2, 2023 | No. 019

MassWorks Infrastructure Grant

Town of Andover Awarded $3.3 Million MassWorks Grants for Infrastructure Improvements to Essex Street Corridor

The Healey-Driscoll administration has announced that the Town of Andover will receive a $3.3 million grant through the Commonwealth’s MassWorks Infrastructure Program to support roadway and sidewalk improvements in the Essex Street corridor. 


MassWorks is a competitive grant program administered by the state’s Executive Office of Economic Development that provides capital funding to municipalities for infrastructure projects that support housing production, private development, and job creation. The Town of Andover’s award is the largest grant received by the Town through the program to date.


The funding will enable the Town to improve municipal infrastructure along and adjacent to Essex Street, which runs from Elm Square to Red Spring Road. It also serves as a major connector road, or “spine,” of the mixed-use corridor west of Main Street. The anticipated improvements will aim to make the corridor more walkable, improve the safety of intersections along the route for all users, strengthen the connectivity between Downtown Andover and key destinations including the MBTA commuter rail station and Historic Mill District, and support future housing development.


Planned improvements include widening the sidewalk on the northern side of Essex Street to enhance pedestrian safety, the addition of bicycle accommodations, and upgrades to water and drainage systems serving the corridor. Additionally, the funding will enable the Town to implement multimodal safety improvements to three key intersections:

October 30 Select Board Meeting Brief

Select Board Issues Recommendations on Articles for

November 20 Special Town Meeting

The Andover Select Board met on Monday, October 30 in the School Committee Conference Room at the Andover Public Schools Administrative Offices. The majority of the meeting focused on the Board’s review of the seven warrant articles that will be considered during the upcoming Special Town Meeting on November 20 at Andover High School. The Board heard presentations from the petitioners of six private warrant articles included in the warrant, and ultimately voted to recommend disapproval of each.


The Board also considered the two-part warrant article seeking funds for schematic design of (i) the full Andover High School building project and design of (ii) an interim project that they inserted into the warrant at its October 16 meeting. The Board voted to recommend Town Meeting approval of both parts of the article.


The recommendations of the Select Board will be published in the Finance Committee Report along with recommendations from the School Committee, Finance Committee, Andover High School Building Committee, and other relevant boards. The report will be mailed to all households in Andover and available online prior to the November 20 Special Town Meeting.

Special Town Meeting Information

Special Town Meeting to be held on Monday, November 20 at Andover High School

A Special Town Meeting will be held on Monday, November 20th in the Richard J. Collins Field House, Andover High School, 80 Shawsheen Road. The meeting will start at 7:00 P.M. 

This will be the first Town Meeting at which residents will vote by electronic voting device. Doing so will allow for faster votes, ensured accuracy, and anonymity. The voting devices will be distributed to voters at voter check-in. Voters are advised to arrive early to allow time to park, check-in, receive your electronic voting device, and find your seat before the meeting is called to order promptly at 7:00 P.M. Check-in will begin at 6:00 P.M.

Town Meeting will vote on seven articles, including whether to appropriate funds to pursue schematic design of a full replacement of Andover High School and/or schematic design of a renovation of the high school. Both schematic design options are two parts of the same article, which will allow for one discussion but separate votes on each item.

Andover Complete Streets

Town of Andover Invites Community to Second Complete Streets Public Meeting on November 8th

Residents with an interest in creating safer and more inclusive roadways across the community will have an opportunity to weigh in on a high-impact transportation initiative underway in Andover as the Town hosts its second Complete Streets public meeting on Wednesday, November 8th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Memorial Hall Library. The meeting will focus on input received from the community to date and potential projects to address existing challenges and infrastructure deficiencies that may be included in the Town's Complete Streets Prioritization Plan.


Complete Streets are roadways that make travel safe, comfortable, convenient, and accessible for all travel modes – including walking, biking, transit, and vehicles – for people of all ages, and abilities. The Town of Andover began the process of participating in the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Complete Streets Funding Program last year by adopting a Complete Streets Policy. The policy, approved by the Select Board in October 2022, establishes the Town’s commitment to creating a roadway network that accommodates the needs of individuals using a variety of transportation modes.


The next step to enable the Town's full participation in the program requires the creation of a Complete Streets Prioritization Plan. The plan will draw from input provided by residents and other Town planning efforts, including the Capital Improvement Program, Andover Master Plan, Sidewalk Master Plan, and roadway safety audits to create a roadmap for future infrastructure projects. The plan will identify potential roadway improvement projects, their locations, and estimated construction cost, placing them in a prioritized list based on evaluation criteria.

Honoring Those Who Served

Town of Andover to Host Veterans Day Ceremony at

Ballardvale Green on Saturday, November 11

Members of the community are invited to join the Town of Andover in honoring the valor and sacrifice of those who have served in our Armed Forces during a Veterans Day Ceremony on Saturday, November 11 at 11:11 AM. The ceremony will be held at Ballardvale Green, located at Andover Street & Center Street.

In anticipation of Veterans Day, re-flagging of veterans' graves will take place this weekend at the following locations and times:

Sacred Heart Cemetery: Saturday, November 4, at 11:00 AM

United Lebanese Cemetery: Saturday, November 4, at 11:00 AM

Spring Grove Cemetery: Sunday, November 5, at 9:00 AM

West Parish Cemetery: Sunday, November 5, at 9:00 AM


The Town of Andover is seeking volunteers to assist in re-flagging at each site. 

P&G Gillette Announces Expansion of Manufacturing Operations in Andover

Last week, P&G Gillette announced that it will shift its manufacturing operations from South Boston to Andover, expanding the company’s presence on its 150-acre campus located at 30 Burtt Road. The plan is expected to bring several hundred additional manufacturing jobs to the site, though the precise number of positions has not been announced.


P&G Gillette’s expansion in Andover will enable the creation of what the company describes as a “21st century manufacturing center that is more sustainable, agile and efficient with some of the best equipment and capabilities in the world.” The expanded site, referred to as Andover Manufacturing Center, will serve as a primary manufacturing hub in the United States for P&G's Gillette Business Unit. It will be a focal point of manufacturing activities related to blade and razor production, aerosols and chemistry, packaging operations, as well as direct-to-consumer operations.


The move comes following a multi-year site assessment initiated by P&G in Fall 2019, which studied the utilization of the company’s space across its Andover and South Boston locations. The Town of Andover worked closely with P&G Gillette throughout this process in examining a potential expansion at the Burtt Road campus.

Town of Andover Job Board


The Town of Andover is currently seeking qualified individuals to fill various positions within our organization. Learn more about exciting opportunities to join our team and grow your career at the links below, and apply online today. 


Chief People Officer & Director of Human Resources - Human Resources
Mechanic - DPW
Maintenance Mechanic, HVAC - Facilities


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