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The Boston Redevelopment Authority is poised to approve several major developments on Thursday, including a 52-story residential and retail tower at Copley Place, an 11-story office building in the South End, and a 283-unit apartment complex in Jamaica Plain.
The authority is also scheduled to take up a long-term plan for Harvard’s expansion into Allston, where the university is planning hundreds of residences, academic buildings, and athletic facilities.
The projects would add to a burst of building activity in recent months, with developers trying to seize on the city’s hot real estate market and lock down approvals before Mayor Thomas M. Menino leaves office at year’s end. Both candidates to succeed Menino are proposing to significantly overhaul the BRA, which could delay the city’s review process.