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3 Sites Recommended For Flo Ro Building Project

by Robert Stewart
 
The Groton-Dunstable School District’s Building Committee, their Project Management Engineer and their Designer firm have recommended three sites to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) for the Florence Roche Building Project.
     The three sites identified by the School District as potential locations for either a new building, renovation of existing building or expansion of existing building include the Florence Roche School site itself, behind Middle School South site, and behind Florence Roche School.
     All three sites are currently under control of the School District and all three sites could be used for the purpose of improving the aging Florence Roche Elementary School. The three scenarios for improving Florence Roche School are building a new school building, renovating an existing building, and expanding an existing building.
     The selection and recommendation of the three potential sites followed an exhaustive study which considered a half dozen sites in town including the high school land, Groton Country Club, Prescott School and the Main St. campuses (Florence Roche, Middle School South, Middle
School North).
     The Country Club and Prescott School sites were quickly eliminated from consideration as was the high school site. The study concluded that those sites were not as suitable for a project of this size as the sites located at the Main Street campuses.
     The complete report that recommended the three chosen sites is a 1,000-page document which the School Committee has posted online at https://www.florencerocheproject.org/pdp A written report of the study will be left at several locations in Groton and Dunstable. In Groton, a printed copy will be left at the Groton (Senior) Center (COA), Groton Town Hall, and Groton Library. In Dunstable a printed copy will be available at the Dunstable Library.
     Some of the factors that were examined in the report include geographic location of the site in the District, traffic, neighborhood impact, parking, outdoor play, flexibility and facility maintenance requirements of the design, impact to educational programs during construction, and restrictions in regards to permitting, wetlands and planning.
     The report also contains a report on the condition of Swallow Union School in Dunstable. According to School Committee Chair Marlena Gilbert, there were some facility issues that may require upgrades and repairs. Gilbert indicted those issues will be addressed by the School Committee and Dunstable officials along with a timeline on how to incorporate them into the District capital plan.
     The report known as the Preliminary Design Program (PDP) will be forwarded to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) this month for review. After that review, the Building Committee, their Project Manager, Left Field, and their Designer, Studio G, will move forward to the next step.
     The recommendation for sites to improve the Florence Roche building conclude the first phase of the building project and engineers and designers will move on to examining the most cost effective and educationally sound building improvements to one of the oldest school buildings in the district.
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