Linehan Applauds Deal to Build New Quincy Upper & Boston Arts Academy
After many years of working toward the goal of building a new school for the Josiah Quincy’s needed expansion, which serves Chinatown, South End, Back Bay and surrounding neighborhoods, District 2 City Councilor Bill Linehan is glad to see the project going forward. Councilor Linehan has worked with the community and the school department on this issue for many years.
Councilor Linehan’s first involvement on this issue was, prior to getting elected, when he worked with the school department and the BRA to identify suitable locations for the expansion of the Josiah Quincy School and to provide the resources to meet the needs of neighborhood families in the interim while expansion details were figured out.
Councilor Linehan worked with the school department to retrofit the current Church St. location in order to facilitate the expansion of the Quincy Upper School. Eventually, the Abraham Lincoln School adjacent to the Church Street site was added to the Quincy Upper Campus. Due to age and the footprint of the building, expansion on the current site was deemed to be unfeasible and cost prohibitive. After scouting several locations, parcel 25 on Kneeland Street was identified as the best option. Councilor Linehan also was able help secure $14 million in mitigation funds from the Hayward Place development for the new school, which has been designated for capital investment at the Quincy Upper School.
The new school is much needed and long overdue. It allows for the Quincy School to reach its full potential, and provides a much needed permanent home for the Boston Arts Academy. The Boston Arts Academy had been looking at sites in the Theater District over the past years. This site will provide a space for them to grow and not compromise uses on other sites that were being considered.
“Combining these two schools will provide several benefits. It keeps the Quincy school in Chinatown and expands the number of seats available for students in the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods, and it will also save on cost. Ensuring these seats for students in the downtown area is necessary to keep and attract families,” added Councilor Linehan. “I’ve been working with the community on this issue for some time and it’s exciting to see that work paying off. My hopes is that this site will be a quality addition to the Chinatown neighborhood and offer the community a full array of activities, like suburban schools do.”