Westport considers renovating Long Lots or building new school

“A decision point is approaching the board on the recommendation on the Long Lots facility,” Scarice said. “The board at this point is in need of criteria in order to make a decision on a full renovation or a new construction on the Long Lots campus.” Scarice said the five main areas of criteria include space standards and enrollment, instructional model, requirements for renovation, zoning approvals for a new construction and hazardous materials abatement. The list of criteria also includes a bevy of different factors, but the five listed are currently the main points of concern. A reconstruction would take 24 to 36 months, nearly six to 12 months more than a new construction, which would take 18 to 24 months, according to the presentation. The total cost for both projects is to be determined. New construction would require geotechnical testing, wetland approvals and traffic studies, which could increase the total cost of the project, according to the presentation.


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