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Worcester, MA: $20M alternative school for autistic students; 'it's very exciting'

Oct 30, 2018, Worcester, MA, MassLive: $20M project aims to save Worcester's vacant Lincoln Square Boys Club, turn it into an alternative school for students with autism https://www.masslive.com/news/worcester/index.ssf/2018/10/worcesters_former_lincoln_squa.html If all goes according to plan, Worcester's former Lincoln Square Boys Club, which has sat vacant and deteriorating since 2007, will find new life as a school alternative for students with high-functioning autism. WinnDevelopment Company Limited Partnership has conditionally agreed to buy the property for $300,000 and convert it into the new home of Summit Academy, a therapeutic school alternative for students with high functioning autism and related diagnoses that has been located in Worcester for a decade. The $20 million project would begin early next year. … "We really brought the best of the community around the table in order to bring this iconic structure in Lincoln Square back to life," said Michael O'Brien, executive vice president of WinnCompanies and former city manager of Worcester. The move would allow Summit Academy to expand its programming for middle and high school students and add on-site living and dorm-style housing for young adults attending local colleges and universities…. "I think it's a great project, it's very exciting," she said. "We all went through the heartbreak of the Notre Dame, and I think being able to salvage a building like this, the beauty of it is really important." …