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June 24, 2013

School projects, roundabout only the start of construction ahead

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But despite weeks of work and a staging area that has taken up a good percentage of nearby Moseley Woods, the project does not appear to be nearing completion.

Councilor Bob Cronin reports in his periodic newsletter that essential underground drainage and pipe work is under way — and time consuming.

Still, the lack of ostensible headway is an example that “progress” takes time.

The city is actually embarked upon one of the greatest public building periods in its history (second perhaps to the frenetic, must-do activity after the Fire of 1811).

Two school projects and a roundabout project have been launched.

Preparations have started for the I-95 bridge over the Merrimack, an enormous project that will take years.

And two other major expansion efforts, the sewage-treatment plant on Water Street and the clearwell-pumping station on Spring Lane, are also in progress.

Scheduled to begin any month is the 75-unit residential center for brain-injury patients adjacent to Anna Jaques Hospital.

These are the good old days for new brick-and-mortar projects for the public good.

Meanwhile, spokesmen for National Grid say the company will be putting its riverfront acreage on the market at some time.

Demolition crews were at 95 Water St. last week to take down three old brick offices (circa 1920).

The 3.09 acres is on the tax rolls for about $1.5 million, but its aesthetic value is compromised by the metal infrastructure that will stay.

Still, the property is on a choice piece of riverbank, and could be in play in coming months.

National Grid itself will not be rebuilding on the property, a corporate spokeswoman said.

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The following meetings are scheduled this week and are open to the public:

Tonight

Budget and Finance Committee, 6:30 p.m., City Hall council chambers.

City Council, 7:30 p.m,. City Hall council chambers

Tuesday

State election, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., all wards.

River Valley Charter School, 7 p.m., 2 Perry Way.

Wednesday

Licensing Commission, 7 p.m., 4 Green St.

River Valley Charter School, 7 p.m., 2 Perry Way.

Thursday

Energy Advisory Committee, 7 p.m., City Hall.

Friday

Affordable Housing Trust, 8:30 a.m., mayor’s office, discuss Brown School reuse.

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Dyke Hendrickson covers Newburyport for The Daily News. He can be reached at 978-462-6666, ext. 3226 or at dhendrickson@newburyportnews.com.

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