Wicked Local Medford | By Alex Ruppenthal
October 5, 2016
A draft of Medford’s new Capital Plan calls for a new $18 million police headquarters and a $7.5 million parking garage on Governors Avenue in Medford Square.
The eight-page document outlines more than $70 million in desired infrastructure and equipment upgrades starting in the current fiscal year (FY 2017) and running through Fiscal Year 2021.
The schools portion of the Capital Plan includes nearly $14 million in proposed upgrades, including more than $10 million for Medford High School.
The draft was shared last week with members of the Medford City Council, which had been requesting a copy from Mayor Stephanie M. Burke since the spring.
“I think it’s extremely important we get to see the big picture,” said City Council Vice President Breanna Lungo-Koehn during the council’s Sept. 20 meeting, when the council delayed a vote on funding for City Hall and Medford Public Library repairs. “I don’t think we’re going to get the answers any time soon unless we hold up the paper and demand the answers. We’ve been asking for this capital plan for months now. It’s time.”
The document is Medford’s first comprehensive infrastructure plan since former Mayor Michael J. McGlynn’s “Chart the Course” capital improvement plan, which was announced almost seven years ago.
McGlynn, who took office in 1988, rarely put long-term plans in writing, preferring to keep them close to the vest.
For many cities and towns, capital plans are updated regularly and serve as a guide to prioritize projects while making difficult spending decisions.