Menino details five-year, $1.8b capital plan

Mayor Thomas M. Menino outlined a five-year, $1.8 billion capital plan Friday aimed at improving educational opportunities across the city, enhancing public facilities, and increasing accessibility for people with disabilities. In a speech outside the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, Menino said the plan includes 341 projects and would create about 450 construction jobs this year. Among the projects are $20.5 million to transform the former Mitt Romney campaign headquarters in the North End into a new K-8 school; $18.6 million to expand the Eliot K-8 Innovation School in the North End; $16 million to replace granite with glass at the Central Library’s Johnson Building and build new areas inside for children and teenagers; and $11 million in improvements at Millennium Park in West Roxbury. The City Council is required to hold its first vote on the capital plan by June 5.