For months Roxbury Prep high school has been calling on the Boston Planning and Development Agency to hear its plans for a proposed high school building on a vacant lot zoned for a school. For months BPDA has refused to put the project to a vote for a hearing. Why?
As the Boston Globe Editorial Board notes, if the BPDA’s own statement that “the agency ‘has a unique opportunity to create a more equitable city for all,’ [then the] new Roxbury Prep high school [building] can be part of that.”
The proposed state-of-the-art facility has undergone multiple revisions to address community opposition, including decreasing the number of students who can attend from 800 to 560 among others. According to the Globe Editorial Board, the BPDA doesn’t appear to have any particular issues with the plan itself, and is likely a case where the agency is giving into NIMBYism (Not In My Backyard).