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Monday, February 5, 2007

Newton North project moves forward

NEWTON

Moving forward after the resounding "yes" vote in last month's referendum, the new Newton North High School project is on the agenda for the Board of Aldermen tonight. The aldermen are scheduled to vote on a $2.6 million request from Mayor David B. Cohen for architects to complete design drawings for the high school.

Meanwhile, Cohen spokesman Jeremy Solomon said last week that the city is "within days" of signing a contract with Dimeo Construction Co. of Providence, R.I., to serve as construction manager-at-risk on the job. In addition to hiring subcontractors, Dimeo would be responsible for making sure the project keeps within its budget, or face liability for cost overruns.

Within two months of the signing, the city and Dimeo will negotiate a preliminary price for the project, which is currently estimated to cost about 151 million. Cohen has said he wants to cap the price tag at $141 million.

-- Connie Paige

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