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    Lowell, MA: 9/24/17 The William J. Desmond Jr. Athletic fields, the proposed site of the new Lowell High School. Mary Schwalm for The Boston Globe (08nolowell)
    Mary Schwalm for The Boston Globe
    The athletic fields next to Cawley Stadium proposed for the new Lowell High School.

    Citizens for Lowell (pro-Cawley)

    •Less total cost (about $336 million to $339 million vs. $353 million)

    •New, state-of-the-art facility

    •No disruption to students’ academic experience during construction

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    •Downtown site could cost the city an additional $2 million to buy the adjacent building

    Save Lowell High School (pro-downtown)

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    •Less cost to taxpayers after MSBA reimbursement ($143 million vs. $149 million)

    •Continued accessibility to city services and resources at downtown “campus”

    •No long commutes for students from less privileged neighborhoods

    •Cawley would cost the city an additional $4 million for sidewalk and roadway improvements in residential Belvidere, and another $3.2 million each year for transportation costs