The City Council yesterday approved proposals by Mayor Walsh, that, if they actually go through this time, could lead to major renovations to the Boston Arts Academy, now housed in an old, formerly condemned post-office warehouse in the Fenway and the Josiah Quincy Upper School, housed in a 19th-century former elementary school.
The council approved spending $1.7 million to hire somebody to design a revamped arts school - still in the same old building, however - and up to $13 million to do the same thing at the Quincy School and to use the leftover money for actual construction. The $13 million would come from the sale of a city parking lot on Hayward Place, which is now sitting in a BRA fund but earmarked for the Quincy.
In both cases, the city would apply for state school-building funds to help pay for the renovations.
The votes come long after the state said it wouldn't pay to build an entirely brand new building to house both schools near South Station.
As he always does whenever the subject of school-building money comes up, Councilor Charles Yancey (Dorchester) said he would vote for the measures but that the city should finally just give in and build a brand-new high school in Mattapan.
Last fall, the council actually approved Yancey's proposed $120-million high school but Yancey withdrew the proposal before a required second vote because he could not get the unanimous vote he wanted.