Andover Considers Downtown Transportation District

The town of Andover may be following in Haverhill’s footsteps when it comes to developing its own transportation-oriented district in the town’s center.

The first in a series of “Andover Tomorrow Zoning Workshops” will be held at 7 p.m. next Thursday, Oct. 16, at Andover’s Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main Street. The Andover Planning Board and the Economic Development Council are sponsoring the sessions to develop a future vision for commercial, residential and open spaces in the section of town near the commuter rail and extending to boundaries of Stevens Street-Harding Street-Walnut Avenue, and Chestnut Street-School Street. A plan is expected to be ready for the 2015 Andover town meeting.

In Haverhill, the Railroad Square-Essex Street-Wingate Street area of downtown was designated a transportation-oriented district, which includes housing in converted industrial buildings.