A state agency that funds school construction projects today gave Boston permission to look at moving the Quincy Upper School and Boston Arts Academy into a new building, possibly on what is now state land near South Station.
The move could mean that if the project moves forward, the state will pay most of the costs - and the mayor's office is looking at opening the new building for the 2017 school year.
According to the mayor's office:
Under the proposal, both projects would unite in a new custom-built facility that allows the schools to share resources – expanding educational opportunities while being more cost-effective for taxpayers. If the proposal is successful, the new school could open in the fall of 2017. One potential location for the building is a parcel near Kneeland Street and South Station currently held by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
The Quincy Upper School, which serves grades 6-12, is now housed in what started out as an elementary school decades ago and lacks an auditorium and library and has inadequate science facilities. The arts academy, which serves grade 9-12, is in an old post-office warehouse in the Fenway and has no performance space.