At long last, Harvard University on Friday resumed its expansion into Allston, kicking off construction of a new complex of buildings along Western Avenue with 325 residences, restaurants, and retail shops.
The $150 million project at Barry’s Corner seeks to transform a collection of tired low-rise buildings and parking lots into a bustling development with modern glass and stone buildings. The development will result in two new residential buildings reaching up to nine stores in height; it will also include 35,000 square feet of stores and 180 underground parking spaces.
“We want this to be a place where there’s active retail and restaurants and you have vibrancy and life on the streets,” said Joel Sklar, president of Samuels & Associates, which was selected by Harvard to develop the property in partnership with Weiner Ventures. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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