School designs to be unveiled July 18

July 16, 2013

By Staff

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The Renton School District will present schematic designs for the future Newcastle middle school at a July 18 community meeting.

The open house is expected to be a dialogue between the community and the district’s design team. Citizens can use the meeting as an opportunity to offer feedback that will contribute to the design process.

This will be the first presentation of the school designs, which will include schematic site and floor plans.

“It is really important to get public input during this phase of the project because going forward, as the design advances, changes suggested later are much harder to make,” said Councilwoman Carol Simpson, a member of the middle school’s steering committee.

Simpson encouraged Newcastle residents to attend the July 18 meeting and voice their opinions about the project.

“Most people do not react to a project until they see it coming out of the ground and that is way too late,” she said. “I do not want our community to be surprised by this project.”

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. July 18 at the Renton Academy, 6928 116th Ave. S.E.

The middle school will be constructed on the site of the Renton Academy. Demolition is expected to begin June 2014. Construction starts March 2015 on what will be the district’s fourth middle school. It is slated to open fall 2016.

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