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<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Office of the Mayor <br /> <br />NEWS RELEASE <br />March 6, 2009 <br />10 a.m. <br /> <br />New Tech High could take next step with City support <br /> <br />Contact: <br />Mikki Dobski, Director of Communications & Special Projects, 235-5855 or 876- <br />1564, or Don Inks, Director of Community and Economic Development, 235-9371 <br /> <br />As the South Bend Community School Corp. weighs a final decision about the proposed <br />New Tech High School, the city’s Redevelopment Commission will consider whether to <br />take steps, including $1.3 million in support, to keep the project moving forward. <br /> <br />Staff from the City’s Department of Community and Economic Development is <br />recommending that the Redevelopment Commission on Friday approve: <br />? <br />$1.3 million in Tax Increment Financing dollars from the Airport Economic <br />Development Area for design and construction related to establishing a New Tech <br />High School in South Bend. <br />? <br />The use of the funds for the Marycrest Building or another suitable site in the Airport <br />Economic Development Area (the latter subject to Redevelopment Commission <br />approval at a later date). <br />? <br />An agreement authorizing the City’s Board of Public Works to carry out design and <br />construction for the project on the Commission’s behalf. <br /> <br />“By taking these actions, the Redevelopment Commission will be demonstrating its <br />support for the project, and allowing the project to proceed for the school year, subject to <br />the school board making a final decision,” said Don Inks, the City’s director of economic <br />development. <br /> <br />Mayor Stephen J. Luecke was part of a community delegation that in 2007 visited a <br />model New Tech High School site in California. <br /> <br />“This initiative will help our children develop the talents and skills that are needed for <br />success in both the academic and business world,” Luecke said. “With the unprecedented <br />opportunity presented to this community through the Midwest Institute for <br /> <br />