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Architectural Firm Will Help Woburn Decide Schools’ Fate

The architectural firm will review whether the city should build an addition or renovate the two schools or whether Woburn should build a new school.

Hurld Elementary School. Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Hurld Elementary School. Photo credit: Patch file photo.

The Hurld-Wyman School Building Committee recently awarded a $607,000 contract to a Boston architectural firm to help the city determine what to do with the Hurld and Wyman Elementary schools.

The Daily Times Chronicle reported that the board approved DiNisco Design Partnership to conduct a feasibility study.

The architectural firm will review whether the city should build an addition or renovate the schools or whether Woburn should build a new school. Woburn officials are eyeing one of three parcels for a possible new location: “the old Loft Seed property off of Wyman Street, the land around the old farm stand that comprised a portion of Spence Farm, and the existing Hurld site,” reported the Daily Times Chronicle.

Read the full Daily Times Chronicle article here.

Vince Grillo March 23, 2014 at 07:59 PM
As a member of the Wyman Neighborhood Group, I would like to remind city officials of how and why the SPENCE FARM site came to be owned by city when a 17 house development had tentative city approval. Dozens of people actively participated in civic meetings for months which spurred the idea of a tiny meals tax to enable the purchase of this property (and Whispering Hills). The primary reason for our efforts was to prevent further flooding of yards and basements that is endemic to the area and to preserve open space. We attended many City Council meetings to encourage them to approve the funding and purchase. The Council was extremely wary of any tax (a meals tax was previously soundly defeated) and this one would never have passed without our overwhelming community support at council meetings. Open space to prevent flooding was the wish of the community and the PROMISE of the council with that vote. This property has since become an integral part of the city and an exemplary center for many, many community activities. To learn now that some who supported it in the past (and whom we openly endorsed) may now be considering building the school here is most disappointing. We hope that honesty and integrity will prevail and this space will be used only as promised.

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