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Thursday, August 24, 2006

The never ending story

NEWTON

As if the battle over a new Newton North isn't complicated enough, four aldermen have come forward with an alternative design for the school. This one is taller and more compact. It doesn't come with cost projections.

The current plan for a 400,000-square-foot building is estimated at $140 million plus. And remember that projection was made back in December -- before this year's spike in energy costs.

Aldermen on Sept 5 are scheduled to vote on a site plan and possibly on whether to commit $3.1 million to hire a construction manager and conduct further design work.

Expect a "marathon meeting," said Alderman Sydra Schnipper. Will this saga ever end?

-- Connie Paige

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