When the city hit the pause button back in the early spring on the planned Phase 2 master plan improvements for the DCU Center because of funding uncertainty resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, it was hoped it could be restarted in January.
Of course, no one back then foresaw that the city-owned DCU Center would remain closed seven months later. It is now expected to remain dark at least through the end of this year.
As a result, the possibility of a January restart for the project seems very much up in the air.
John Odell, the city’s director of energy and assets, told the Civic Center Commission last week that the restart will be determined when the revenue stream for it can support the work.
And with uncertainty about just when the DCU Center will be able to host events again, that makes the timeline for the project quite
UPTON – Connor McNamara, 17, watched the towering piece of equipment he programmed to make a chessboard Tuesday morning, as it whirred, drilled, and cast piles of white shavings onto the floor.
The day was one of about four per month when McNamara and his classmates have on-site classes at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, under coronavirus safety precautions.
“Despite remote learning, I am on track,” the advanced manufacturing and fabrication student said, noting that a lot of his study, like learning coding, doesn’t require him to practice on the machine regularly. “All of our textbooks were previously online to begin with.”
A room over, in a heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration shop class, 17-year-old Nick Loschiavo didn’t feel the same optimism.
“It’s not enough, but it’s better than nothing,” said Loschiavo, troubleshooting a faulty heat pump on one of his few days in school Tuesday. “I