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City to begin $12 million field renovation at North Quincy HIgh

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  November 20, 2013 08:02 PM

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Plans are in the works to begin an estimated $12 million field renovation project at North Quincy High School’s Teel Field, a project that will create an artificial turf field for North Quincy high students and add three acres of parking to the campus.

“The 2-acre field will be outfitted for football, soccer and lacrosse and rebuilt using state-of-the-art Field Turf, which will allow for expanded usage by both youth sports leagues and high school teams,” said Christopher Walker, spokesman for Mayor Thomas Koch, in a press release.

The project will be extensive, with a gleaming new field accompanied by 600-seat bleachers, lighting, sound, a new scoreboard, concession stand, and restrooms.

Alongside the work on the field, discussions are ongoing to purchase eight properties between the field and the high school – including seven properties on Hunt Street and one on Newbury Avenue – to connect the field and provide a 127-space parking lot.

“The field reconstruction will be coupled with a new connection directly to the North Quincy High School campus that includes 127 parking spaces and bus drop-off areas aimed at easing longstanding parking and traffic problems in the NQHS area,” Walker said.

Drainage improvements will also occur alongside the creation of rain retention areas to alleviate longstanding flooding problems.

The plan was announced during a community meeting Wednesday night, with Mayor Thomas Koch not only discussing the improvements, but noting that it would occur next to a reconstruction of the Hancock/Squantum intersection.

The city is also beginning a major initiative to replace all the windows at the school and overhaul the building’s HVAC system.

The plan will bookend other major park improvements within the city, including a new artificial turf field at Veterans Memorial stadium and new Faxon Field track and field.

The city also will renovate O’Neil Field at Atlantic Middle School to accommodate students during the Teel Field construction.

City officials said they already have plans to help pay for the project and keep borrowing to a minimum, including using proceeds from the sale of Central Middle School, already turned over to the city with a School Committee vote.

City officials also hope to use hotel/motel tax revenue and sewer rehab funds to pay for the project.

The project will require city council approval for the financing and the plan. It will also require Park and Recreation Board approval of the overall plan.

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