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Inspector Says No Work at Taylor Cove

The state site inspector for the Taylor Cove project on River Street said that no work should be done within the Conservation Commission's jurisdiction.

The Taylor Cove project may be at a standstill but neighbors are still hearing work being done on the site. However, a state inspector recently said that, following the expiration of a permit on May 23, no work should be done on the site within the conservation commission's jurisdiction.

The Conservation Commission last summer told developers that they could not use a past permit from an abandoned project to perform work on the Taylor Cove project condo project. Developers appealed the decision and now all parties are waiting to hear how the DEP will rule.

Throughout the recent history of this project, neighbors have been continually hearing construction noises going on at the site and the question of what work they are allowed to do has been continually scrutinized.

Conservation Commission site inspector Scott Holloway recently said that order of conditions for the Victoria Place project, the name abandoned project, expired on May 23. Therefore, no work should be done on the site.

However, developer Todd Wacome informed the Conservation Commission that he had a permit to export material off the site on land outside the commission jurisdiction.

But Wacome is still barred from performing work on the site within conservation's land and site inspector will perform weekly inspections while they are removing fill from the area.

Taylor Cove Recent History

In July, the Conservation Commission on the Taylor Cove condo project to keep developers from performing work on the dirt-covered site before necessary permits are attained.

The developers were attempting to perform site work for Taylor Cove using a permit for the now-abandoned Victoria Place project that did not receive overall approval from town permitting boards. Both projects were designed to sit on the same piece of land.

The Conservation Commission decided that they could not use the Victoria Place permit to perform site work.

The developer appealed the decision to the Department of Environmental Protection back in the summer and the DEP is still working on the case. However, town officials say that this is positive because it means the state is taking the time to study the case more thoroughly. Specifically, the state is looking at how wetland boundaries have changed on the site, which would dictate where developers could build and not build.

Frances Wheeler June 20, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Thanks for your continuing coverage of this important topic. This story provided new insight. Much appreciated.
Mick Mueck June 21, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Thanks from me too. This is a particularly disappointing project for Andover - all town departments associated with this development (not to mention dozens of residents as well) have been against this from the very beginning :-(.

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