The City Council has voted to discontinue a portion of Willis Street as a public road to incorporate it into the campus of the planned Memorial Boulevard Intradistrict Arts Magnet School. The portion is between South Street and Memorial Boulevard, behind the school building. The city and the Board of Education are collaborating on the project to transform the closed Memorial Boulevard School into an arts magnet school for grades six through 12. The opening date is projected to be August of 2022. “Pre-bids for the next phase of the project, which includes site work, masonry, landscaping, roofing, windows, drywall, plumbing, mechanicals, have drawn interest from over 100 contractors,” Preleski said. “We’re very happy with the response.” The total cost of the project is $63 million, of which 60% will be paid by the state.