Affordable Housing on Lupine Road

South Church was approached by Habitat and Andover Community Trust  who offered to buy a parcel of land we owned in order to build permanently affordable housing units. On May 7th 2018, the congregation voted to move ahead with this project.

Would you like to help build? Or help feed our volunteers? We build on the first Saturday of the month.  No experience needed. Volunteers 16 and up are welcome. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Grab a friend and contact Ellen Arvidson!

Project History
ACT and Habitat are collaborating in the build of 4 units (2 duplexes) or 6 units (3 duplexes) on land they purchased from South Church. This land, a 1.06 acre lot roughly opposite Elm St. Automotive, was given to South Church in 1938 by Mary Byers Smith. In support of both South Church’s and Mary Byers Smith’s long standing commitment to outreach and caring for neighbors, a small team gathered information to help the Congregation consider this request. It seemed fitting to advance her legacy with best use for this piece of land.

Before the vote on May 7th, there were 8+ open meetings to help explain the proposal and answer questions. We discussed both the great potential this had for church outreach, as well as potential concerns. We shared the concerns to help all come to the vote with a balanced view.