Historic Mill District

Town Yard Selection Committee 

The Town of Andover is forming a Selection Committee to recommend to the Select Board a firm to buy and redevelop the Old Town Yard. The Selection Committee will be guided by a community-authored Request for Proposals (RFP). The RFP describes the context surrounding the Old Town Yard parcel, the community’s objectives for redevelopment of the parcel, and the process through which proposals will be evaluated by the Selection Committee.

The seven-member committee will be comprised of two representatives of the Historic Mill District Task Force, three at-large members who are residents of Andover, and two staff designees. In appointing the three at-large members, the Town Manager is seeking residents with experience in development/real estate, architecture/design, sustainability, law, and other relevant backgrounds. All members will be called upon to oversee a selection process that closely adheres to the requirements of the community-authored RFP. 

Interested candidates should complete a Talent Bank Form by visiting www.andoverma.gov/volunteer 

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by November 2, 2020. Please email manager@andoverma.gov with any questions. 

Town Meeting 

The Town of Andover is one step closer to realizing a community vision for Historic Mill District! The articles, listed below, concern the sale and development of the Town Yard Property. If the Town votes to approve the articles, then the community authored Request for Proposal will be released to the development community. Once the bids are in, the Town will assemble a selection task force to decide which developer will best meet the objectives of the community.

Click on the image below to view the full Town Meeting 2020 Warrant. 


Request for Proposal

Since the inception of the Historic Mill District (HMD), the Town has held over 50 public engagement sessions that have culminated in a community authored Request for Proposal (RFP) to redevelop the former Town Yard Site. The RFP sets forth the community’s goal for this site and will help the community select the best development proposal. The Town Yard will be a catalyst for the future of the HMD. It is with great care and consideration that the community put forth this document to ensure the prosperity of the district.

Please click the image of the document to view the full RFP.

RFP Image

Land Disposition Agreement


Traffic and Circulation

Unsafe street intersections, a prevalence of surface parking, and prioritizing single occupancy vehicles pervades Andover and suburbs alike. The Historic Mill District and the redevelopment of the Lewis Street Site aim to bring forth transit oriented development, green space, pedestrian and bike safety, and an all around community centered feel to Andover. The Town focused on the traffic and circulation of the HMD and provided two options for rerouting the traffic in the area to ensure we meet community objectives.

Click the image below to view a presentation on traffic and circulation. 

View the Full Circulation and Design Study.

Traffic Circulation

Land Disposition Agreement

Design Guidelines

Historic Mill District Design Guidelines address the design of new buildings within Andover’s Historic Mill District. With these guidelines the community will find the right balance of insights and ideas without being too prescriptive. Andover’s Historic Mill District has the potential to capitalize on transit-oriented development. These design guidelines lay a blueprint for new development which will prioritize community needs and desires above all. 

Click the image below to view the presentation prepared by Gamble Associates.


Place making Initiatives

The Town has engaged the community in place making efforts to transform Andover’s Downtown into a place where our residents and visitors want to spend time. Place making includes everything from green space and public art to community activities. We want to create an Andover that is ideal for all residents to live, work, play and raise a family, place making is how we do that. 

PLacemaking Poster

Click the image below to view a place making presentation.

HMD placemaking

Historic Mill District Zoning

At Town Meeting in May of 2015, Andover voters overwhelming approved the creation of the Historic Mill District (HMD).  This new zoning district encompasses nearly one hundred (100) acres between Main Street, Dundee Park, the Shawsheen River and Whole Foods Grocery Store.  The purpose of the HMD is to encourage smart growth development in proximity to Andover’s regional transit station by fostering a range of housing opportunities within mixed-use development projects.

Click the image below to view a study of the Historic Mill District Zoning.


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