Friday, March 30, 2007

It Costs How Much?

A high school. A simple high school. A couple of floors, a roof, divided into class rooms. Maybe a lab or two, wired for computers. A gym. Pretty much a large functional square building. Opening bid? $63 million.

Today?
  • The cost of building a new Westinghouse High School has skyrocketed, to nearly $103 million, far beyond the $63 million for Little Village High, according to plans approved Wednesday by Chicago School Board members.
  • In 2004, the board agreed to pay $63 million for site preparation, environmental work, construction and various fees for the new Westinghouse. Later, Daley said he wanted to put a 600-student college prep school and a 600-student vocational education school in the building, forcing design changes.
  • The original estimate left out some demolition, land acquisition and remediation costs, said CPS spokesman Michael Vaughn. Also, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, construction costs have spiked, adding about $20 million to the cost, he said.
Funny how the price just kept climbing after the contract was already awarded. And just how much are the Olympics slated to cost? We can only hope the recent scandals have shifted the games to LA, otherwise this entire city will be bankrupt (more than usual we mean).

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16 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The little egomaniac just wants the Olympics here so the whole world can see the following signs everywhere:

City of Chicago
Richard M Daley, Mayor

3/29/2007 11:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

$100 Million + and odds are probably half will attend and or graduate

3/29/2007 11:29:00 PM  
Blogger dilligaf said...

What does Katrina have to do with the city of Chicago? We don't have hurricanes here. Complete bullshit for us tax payers. I hope that these pencil sized pricks will be forced to lick the sweat off of Dorothy Tillman's forehead scar when they make it hades.

3/30/2007 12:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That $103 million dollar figure is not the actual cost of building the school, SCC.

That's what it will end up costing us taxpayers after they graffiti and destroy the building over and over again during it's construction, and then steal the heavy equipment being used to put it all together.

3/30/2007 01:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just preparing for bids for the olympics will cost a billion dollars. That is when Daley will retire. It is his families pension plan....

3/30/2007 02:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep on building shit for the illegals, give them drivers certificates blago, give it all away don't worry we will pay for it all! this is the most corrupt state ever, daley with his crew of joyce-degnan,blago with crook rezko, stroger with all his gang, now we have dlaeys guy elzie higglebottom rainging lots of cash to keep the prevailing alderthieves in power in runoffs. you know elzie higglebottom the guy who manages the couty building where the people died in that fire because of pure negligence of keeping fire doors locked and being a friend of daleys nothing happened to him! maybe this is the big payoff for devine not doing anything to him! one of the guys raising money on the team has 10+ restaurants at midway yes 10+ i thought it was for minorities that were disadvantaged another daley friend gets it again!

3/30/2007 09:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good money following bad

All for a place they don't want to be in

Does this mean the City wil stop busing them to Taft so tax payers can use a public H.S.?

3/30/2007 09:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just cough up the cash and build those schools. The ghetto does not get it fair share of the city tax dollar. They should have the SWAP guys working in the ghetto. You all know they do fly dumping down in the ghetto and no one does nothing about it. Even the police throw garbage out their squad car windows on the drive by.

3/30/2007 01:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard that the the new school will be renamed Walsh Arts Academy.

Slated to have on of finest painting/ air brush courses in the country.

Art removal will not be taught. Cover-ups will be a mandated course.

3/30/2007 01:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paid for by the LEGAL working CITIZENS of the City of Chicago. Too bad we can't get any use out of it.

3/30/2007 03:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its all a bunch a money grabbing.... E..... School is about to pay $9000.00 for 2 outdoor basket ball posts. What a damn rippoff.

Thats how richie boy is stuffing his pockets.

3/30/2007 05:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WALSH CAN DO MORE CRAPPY WORK LIKE AT 35TH & MICHIGAN UNEVEN FLOORS, DOORS WONT CLOSE AS BUILDING WAS PUTB TOGETHER BY DRUNKEN CONTRACTORS HOW MUCH DID THEY HAVE TO PAY TO HAVE THESE CONTRACTS IN KICK BACKS?

3/30/2007 10:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any northside schools getting any $$? Geez new schools being built for all the illegals and their kids. Half of them drop out. F*ck any hard-working, tax-paying chicago citizen, you can't use your own schools 'cause th buses fill them up.

3/30/2007 11:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Walsh probably had to use minority subcontractors on those jobs. Does the new school budget figure in the endless manhours for the police to be there from 1:00pm til 4:30 pm to babysit everyday, just like we do at all the older schools?

3/31/2007 07:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cost isn't done going up. Wait till they add in the oost for the "program manager" a private firm already nailed for inflated Irag work ,but a nice contract for Daley's public building commission to have given out. Some 40 more school contracts to go. Olympic warm up, I guess.

4/01/2007 02:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God I married rich and my kids go to Catholic Schools in Park Ridge. But what of my ignorant Irish neighbors who continually throw campaign posters on their front lawns for Daley, Doherty, Levar, Cullerton, et al.! Things must be great at shithole Taft, Lane, Ebinger, Onahan, etc. Keep voting for these assholes, you assholes, and watch as another 100 million dollar edifice for illegals is erected with your tax dollars.

4/01/2007 04:09:00 PM  

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