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Movement on Adams School reuse

The city's Community Development Committee (Cheryl Leeman, John Anton, and James Cohen) will meet at 5 p.m. today to review the draft Request for Proposals for what used to be the Adams Elementary School on Munjoy Hill.

Right now, the draft RFP primarily calls for affordable mixed housing for families, young people, and seniors, built in eco-friendly, energy-saving ways. It is based on recommendations from the Adams School Reuse Committee, which met during the spring of last year to gather ideas. The Community Building Collaborative, which held its own event in January, is pushing for a Community Learning Center, with space for local organizations and activity groups, as well as cooperative housing. That group is calling for people to attend tonight's meeting.

"We are asking people to emphasize three points," the CBC website reads. "1. The Request for Proposal for the Adams School should make community space as a threshold requirement for development. 2. Keeping the Adams School as a Community Center 3. Supporting A Company of Girls and other organizations using the building for community programs."

However it's unclear how these ideas would be funded (the CBC is currently applying for grants). A more traditional developer will likely be a more attractive bidder to the city, at least financially speaking.

**Update from Jonah Fertig, of the CBC, who writes in an email: "
My feeling is the draft RFP focuses too much on housing. Housing is definitely need in our community and it has been expressed through out the community visioning process that there is desire for housing on the Adams School as part of a multi-use development that includes community uses and green space."

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