Bos­ton Arts Academy seeks $123M from city for pro­posed ren­o­va­tions


The City Coun­cil will con­sider a re­quest today for $123 mil­lion for a pro­posed Bos­ton Arts Academy build­ing with con­struc­tion slated for next year.

The pro­posal calls for the cur­rent site in Fen­way to be razed in Septem­ber 2018. The new five-story build­ing could in­clude a black box theater, four dance stu­dios, a cho­rale room, a band/orches­tra room, a multi-pur­pose recital/lec­ture hall, a record­ing suite, sev­eral prac­tice and en­sem­ble rooms and a Cloth­ing Con­struc­tion Lab to en­hance BAA’s Fash­ion Tech­nol­ogy pro­gram. The school serves 450 kids in grades 9 to 12.

The city’s School Build­ing Com­mit­tee al­ready voted to send the pro­posal to the Mas­sachusetts School Build­ing Au­thor­ity. Two-thirds of the cost could be el­i­gi­ble for state re­im­burse­ment.

The school opened in 1988 and lacks an au­di­to­rium.

Dur­ing con­struc­tion, BAA stu­dents would tem­po­rar­ily move into the for­mer Cleve­land School build­ing on Charles Street in Dorch­ester, where Dorch­ester Academy and Com­mu­nity Academy for Sci­ence and Health are now lo­cated. The plan calls for Dorch­ester Academy to move to the for­mer Endi­cott School in Dorch­ester on McLel­lan Street while BAA and CASH share the space at Cleve­land.

The pro­posal is one of sev­eral projects un­der Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s $1 bil­lion 10-year plan to ren­o­vate and up­grade the district’s ag­ing 125 schools — two-thirds of which were built be­fore World War II. Other projects in­clude the new $73 mil­lion Dear­born STEM 6-12 Academy, due to open in Septem­ber 2018, and the $20 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion of the John Eliot K-8 In­no­va­tion Up­per School build­ing — slated to be fin­ished in fall 2019.


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