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City OKs Boston University's 10-year campus master plan

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  January 18, 2013 03:08 PM

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(Boston Redevelopment Authority)

The city redevelopment authority’s board on Thursday unanimously approved Boston University’s 10-year master plan.

The plan includes building up to 625,000 square feet of new academic, research and administrative space; renovating other campus learning facilities and dormitories; and helping to fund pedestrian, traffic, and public transit improvements along Commonwealth Avenue, according to the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

Projects include: constructing a new academic building, up to 350,000 square feet in size, on a site that is currently a surface parking lot at 645-665 Commonwealth; and building a science and engineering research building, up to 165,000 square feet in size at 30-38 Cummington Mall, city officials said.

The university also plans to: integrate two brownstones at 130 Bay State Road and add about 60,000 square feet of academic and administrative space: add 50,000 square feet of academic space to the 84,000 square-foot communications school building at 640 Commonwealth Ave.; and to modernize dormitories at 610 Beacon St. and 632 Beacon St. that house a combined 762 beds.

The master plan calls for BU to continue to help invest in a public project to improve Commonwealth Avenue, according to the city. The university has committed more than $13 million to projects to improve parts of the thoroughfare and Kenmore Square.

Each of the projects within the master plan will still require separate public review.

Matt Rocheleau can be reached at mjrochele@gmail.com. Looking for more coverage of area colleges and universities? Go to our Your Campus pages.

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