WILMINGTON, MA — Which municipal and school building projects will Wilmington undertake over the the next 20 years? The Wilmington Facilities Master Plan Committee wants your feedback as it finalizes its plan.
The Committee is currently considering four major options for principle general government buildings:
- M1 Baseline Scenario — Buzzell Senior Center, Town Hall, Library, Public Buildings, Public Works facilities at 115 Andover Street (DPW Offices) and 135 Andover Street (DPW garage), and other facilities would remain “as they are” in their current locations with plans for recommended upgrades to extend the life of these buildings; no construction on former St. Dorothy’s property
- M2 Town Hall Common — combined Town Hall/School Administration building on the former Swain School property; new Senior Center at current Town Hall site; library remains at current site; repurpose Public Buildings site (former Fire Station); renovate and expand at 135 Andover Street to include facility for Public Buildings in addition to Public Works Garage; make former St. Dorothy’s site available for senior housing development
- M3 Community Common — new Senior Center at the former Swain School property; make Town Hall property (exclusive of fields) available for senior housing development; combined Town Hall/School Administration building at former St. Dorothy’s property; all other Town facilities remain at existing sites with upgrades as contemplated under M1 Baseline scenario
- M4 Library Common — new library at former Swain School property; former St. Dorothy’s property to be available for senior housing development ; construct a new Senior Center at existing library site; all other Town facilities remain at existing sites with upgrades as contemplated in M1 Scenario
The Committee is also considering six options for school buildings:
- S1 Existing Schools — Targeted Improvements — a baseline scenario; all existing schools remain in current location with code and ADA upgrades
- S2 Existing Schools — Improved to Meet Current Space Standards — a baseline scenario; all existing schools remain in current locations with renovations and additions to meet current Massachusetts education standards for room size; lab space, etc.
- S3 Four Elementary Schools — Close Boutwell Early Childhood Center and Woburn Street School; establish grades Pre-K to 5 facilities at Wildwood Early Childhood Center, Shawsheen Elementary School, North Intermediate School, and West Intermediate School
- S4 One Pre-K/Kindergarten & 3 Elementary Schools — Close Boutwell Early Childhood Center and Shawsheen Elementary; create grades Pre-K/K at Woburn Street School; build new grades 1 to 5 at Wildwood School; renovate with addition for grades 1 to 5 at North and West Intermediate Schools
- S5 One Pre-K School & 3 K-5 Elementary Schools — Close Boutwell Early Childhood Center and Shawsheen Elementary; renovate Woburn Street School to a Pre-K Education Center; new grades K-5 elementary school at Wildwood School site; major renovation and addition to North Intermediate and West Intermediate Schools to create 2 grades K-5 elementary schools
- S6 Two Pre-K to Grade 2 Schools & two Grade 3 to Grade 5 Schools — Close Boutwell and Wildwood Early Childhood Centers; renovate and additions at Woburn Street and Shawsheen Schools for grades Pre-K to 2; renovate and addition to North and West Intermediate Schools to create grades 3 to 5
The School Committee has endorsed option S6.
The Facilities Master Plan Committee is continuing to solicit feedback from residents prior to making its final endorsements:
- The Committee encourages residents to attend and offer public comments at its next meeting on Thursday, March 16 at 6pm at Town Hall
- Planning Director Valerie Gingrich is speaking with residents at the Wilmington Memorial Library on Tuesday, March 28 at 10:30am.
- WCTV will be streaming and airing interviews with Gingrich and Public Buildings Superintendent George Hooper about the options.
- There are interactive display boards, highlighting the options, at Town Hall, the Buzzell Senior Center, the Wilmington Memorial Library, and Wilmington Public Schools.
Can’t make it in person? Share your thoughts with Planning Director Valerie Gingrich at vgingrich[at]wilmingtonma.gov. Note that a more detailed report evaluating each of the town facilities can be found HERE.
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