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In an article posted today on Wicked Local Hopkinton, it was announced that the Hopkinton Planning Board approved the plans for the new elementary school. See below for article or click on link below.

HOPKINTON — The Planning Board Monday night approved the plans for building a new $43.2 million elementary school on Hayden Rowe Street.

Planning Board Chairman Ken Weismantel said the board worked “overtime” to come to the decision. The board voted 8-0 to approve the application. “We understand the schedule is very important for the town to get it done,” he said.

The Planning Board has reviewed traffic, intersections, bus routes, parking lots, sidewalks, landscaping, lighting, building design and public safety, among other items.

Jeff D’Amico, a project manager with Compass Project Management, has said the town is hoping to start construction by the end of December.

Weismantel said the project required a number of exemptions under the Dover Amendment, which includes the parking lot, building height, sidewalks and not covering the air conditioning units.

The list of conditions were not available Tuesday evening.

Joe Markey, chairman of the Elementary School Building Committee, sent an email Tuesday morning congratulating the project team.

“It was a challenging hearing,” he wrote. “Thank you for the team's focus, preparation, expertise and responsiveness in working with the Planning Board's consultants and professional staff, and the constructive and respectful demeanor the team maintained throughout the hearing.”

The two-story, 83,250-square-foot school will be built at 129 Hayden Rowe St., just south of EMC Park. It will include three wings off the main lobby, according to plans.

The new building will replace Center School on Ash Street, built in 1927 and designed for 395 students in kindergarten and first grade as well as 80 pre-kindergarten students.

The Elementary School Building Committee will continue its work 6:30 Wednesday night in the lower level of Town Hall.

“This is an important milestone for a project that continues to earn enthusiasm and trust from across the Hopkinton community,” Markey wrote of the approval.

Article by Jonathan Phelps.

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