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Rowley fence will stand, at least until Oct. 11

The fence surrounding Michael Kovalchuk's lumberyard at 238 Main Street (Route 1-A) in Rowley. (Linda Greenstein photo)

Linda Greenstein photo

The fence surrounding Michael Kovalchuk's yard at 238 Main St. (Route 1A) in Rowley.

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A controversial fence at 238 Main St. that does not conform to the Historic District Commission’s aesthetic guidelines is still standing after homeowner Michael Kovalchuk was granted a one-month stay by a judge. According to Thomas Mullen, the town attorney, Michael Kovalchuk filed an appeal on Sept. 8 that gives him until Oct. 11 to seek reconsideration from the Superior Court judge. The judge previously ordered Kovalchuk to pay $100 per day — retroactive to May 17 — until the wood stockade fence is gone. The court also ordered the town’s legal costs reimbursed. While the case makes its way through courts, Kovalchuk is attempting to sell the 6.8-acre property as a “40B development opportunity” for 48 housing units.

Linda Greenstein can be reached at greensteinlm@gmail.com.
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