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March 25, 2013

Plans for $20M complex dropped

Beverly: Developer puts land near Kelleher Pond on market for $1.5 million

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The state would have paid the city $677,000 as an incentive to create the district, according to Omni Properties. City officials had been in discussion with Omni for more than a year about the project.

City Planner Tina Cassidy said she was unaware that the land was now for sale but said she is not surprised that Omni dropped its plans.

“They got some negative reaction from neighbors, so it never proceeded,” she said.

The land was owned for years by the Kelleher family, which ran an ice business and then an oil and construction business on the site.

The family moved its company to Tozer Road in 2008 and sold the land to Walker Realty of Westford. The Next Generation Children’s Center was built on the front of the property in 2009.

An online listing for the land describes the location as “a perfect site for a church or school.”

Mills Myers said neighbors would prefer to see the site used for single-family homes or preserved as a conservation area with a park and walking trails.

“Since last spring, the neighbors have really rallied,” she said. “It’s brought us together in a way we haven’t been together. It’s created quite a community.”

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or pleighton@salemnews.com.

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