The following excerpt speaks for itself:
FOUR CANDIDATES with Cook connections running for office is also fueling speculation that a Lowell Plan initiative — a new or renovated Lowell High School — will be moved to the front-burner in 2014. (Editor’s note: just to clarify, the 4 candidates referenced are Stacey Hargis, Derek Mitchell, Jim Milinazzo and William Samaras. Add Steve Gendron to the list.)
Regardless of who is elected in the fall, Cook said a Lowell Plan priority in 2014 is to begin “serious discussions” on renovating the high school in its current downtown location — not moving it to the Cawley Stadium athletic field complex in Belvidere as was briefly discussed in 2008.
“It is inaccurate to say we’re going to do this only if those candidates are elected,” Cook said. “What is accurate to say is we’re doing it regardless of who is elected.”
The September 2010 Lowell Downtown Evolution Plan by Speck & Associates LLC, an urban-architectural firm hired by the Lowell Plan, recommended keeping the school downtown. (editor’s note: this is not my interpretation.)