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D-Day is coming for the schoobrary.

City officials expect to receive a new price estimate on the downtown main library-charter school hybrid by late tomorrow or early Thursday. A final decision on whether to build the schoobrary could come in as soon as two weeks.

The new estimate will replace a $185 million one from 2005 and be the maximum price tag guaranteed by the city’s contractor, Turner Construction. If there are cost overruns, they will be picked up by Turner.

City officials are expecting the price to decrease.

“Given the prices we’ve seen across the board in construction, we do anticipate it will,” mayoral spokeswoman Rachel Laing said.

The Mayor’s Office then will negotiate with Turner and bring a final price to City Council likely the week of May 10. Construction must begin on the project by Aug. 1 if the city is to keep its state grant, Laing said.

Last week my colleague Emily Alpert detailed the lease agreement between the city and the San Diego Unified School District to set aside two floors of the building for a charter school. The school board is expected to vote on the lease tonight. 

My predecessor, Rani Gupta, did an explainer on the project’s long history last June.

And here’s the video explainer we did with our television partners at NBC.

View more news videos at: https://www.nbcsandiego.com/video.


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