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Local Project Experience

My wife and I have been fortunate to run a landscape architecture and planning firm based in Andover for the past 19 years. Over the years our office has been involved in many local projects, including Powdermill Square on Stevens Street; Town Market on Route 28; Andover Village Square in Downtown; Enterprise Bank on High Street; William Wood Park in Shawsheen Village; Deyermond Fields on Chandler Road, and the renovation of the 400m track and synthetic turf field at Andover High School. Several of these projects have been the recipient of local and national awards.

We have given back to our community with volunteer projects that include restoration of Lawrence Memorial Stadium after vandalism, handicapped access at the Parish of Christ Church, preliminary design for the new playground in Ballardvale, and design of Veteran’s memorials for the Town of Andover. 

We are also the project Landscape Architect for the assisted living project currently under construction on Elm Street. We were engaged to work on this project in 2014, and our client is Capital Senior Housing based out of Washington DC. Our scope of work for this project was to prepare landscape and buffer planting plans, design outdoor gardens for Alzheimer, memory care and assisted living residents, coordinate site lighting plans and ensure that all outdoor spaces, including parking, entry areas and gardens comply with ADA and handicapped accessibility requirements. Through our work, I met with several abutters on Elm Street and Pine Street to review the plans and address their concerns related to buffering and screening. I was present throughout the planning board and conservation commission process and provided presentations on the above subject matters to both boards.

Marchionda Associates, based out of Stoneham, provided civil engineering, geotechnical investigation, and calculations related to earthwork, ledge blasting, and rock crushing. The project architects are Mosley Associates based in Washington DC.

Through our involvement on the design team, we were able to provide input into the site layout and architectural detailing. The following are improvements to the plans made at our recommendation.

1.    Reduced the number of senior and memory care apartments.
2.    Minimized removal of trees between Pine Street and the new building.
3.    Moved the proposed building back to be over 240’ away from Elm Street.
4.    Removed parking spaces that were closest to the abutting properties.
5.    Added residential cut-off shields to the site lighting.
6.    Increased the size and quantities of all buffer planting material.
7.    Included solid board fences for abutters that requested additional privacy.


I am a believer in the benefits of including a local designer as a member of the overall design team. Although our landscape design work is not yet visible, I believe we made significant improvements to the project and its future impact on abutting properties. 

Should I be elected to the Andover Board of Selectmen I would recuse myself from discussions involving any local projects for which we hired, including Elm Street Assisted Living.  My firm would also not be engaged by the Town of Andover during my tenure as Selectman, although I would offer our services pro-bono when appropriate.

Below you will find all seven (7) sheets in the plan set that were prepared by my office. I put these plans here not to promote the project, rather help disclose the work performed by my office for those interested. I am available to speak with anyone who wishes to discuss our involvement in this, or other local, projects. You may find my contact information by visiting our website at www.huntressassociates.com, or contact me via email at chrishuntress@outlook.com



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