Patriot Ledger | By Patrick Ronan
September 29, 2016
QUINCY – The city is moving forward with plans to replace its oldest school building.
The city council voted unanimously Thursday night to authorize $59 million in borrowing to knock down and replace Sterling Middle School in southwest Quincy. Construction of the new facility is expected to start in late spring next year and wrap up by the fall of 2019.
The Massachusetts School Building Authority has agreed to reimburse the city about $29 million toward the project.
For years, city officials and residents have been calling for a new Sterling Middle School, which was built in 1927 and formerly went by the name South Junior High School.
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“This building has been here a long time, and a lot of folks in our community have gone through this building,” Ward 4 City Councilor Brian Palmucci, who represents the city’s southwest neighborhood, said. “And it’s those folks who know best that it’s time for a new building, and it’s time for a new investment.”
The new 95,155-square-foot, three-story school will be built on the current school’s site at 444 Granite St., but farther east toward Roberts Street. The old school will continue to operate throughout construction, except for the gymnasium and several classrooms.