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NARRAGANSETT—A new mixed development is going up in the north end of Narragansett which the town and its owners hope will make the local community more accessible and diverse. The Quest Montessori School broke ground on June 13 at what is now 1150 Boston Neck Road after a drawn out permitting and re-zoning process. Narragansett Highlands, an affordable and market value housing complex, is also scheduled to be built on the same site.
“This was a complicated proposal, and part of the housing came out of it and was replaced by the Montessori School,” said Director of Community Development Michael DeLuca. “We have been thru three iterations in the past six years, and this was the one that really stuck.”
“It is a great proposal, having a private school in the north end that caters to children beyond Narragansett town boundaries,” he added. “That will add flavor to the town, and the affordable housing units will add a component in the north end that we don’t have yet.”
The Quest School will cover 12,500 square feet and accommodate 150 students over an 18-month long school term. Paul Raymond, Head of the Montessori School which is currently located in Wakefield, is excited to finally see the plans begin to realize themselves in the physical world, and believes that the overall design will espouse the ideals for which Montessori Schools are known throughout the country.
“I think it will be more like a home than an institution, with a fireplace, large common room, and small gathering areas,” said Raymond. “There will be interaction between all ages in order to feel they can be apart of the community.”
“With conventional schooling, we isolate kids and keep them in the classrooms, and there is no central common area where everybody can gather and socialize, as well as work together,” he added. “There is just the lunch room, so that is very isolating. We want to build bridges rather than walls.”
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