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Emerson College announced in an email to the college community today that the school is seeking approval to build a multipurpose facility at 1-6 Boylston Place.
The email, from Maureen Murphy, vice president for administration and finance, said the new space is part of a larger plan of improvement.
“The proposed project will help address the need for a connected physical campus, updated facilities, and additional academic and social space, which was identified in last year’s master planning process,” she wrote, adding that the school hopes to have their plans approved by this fall.
In a letter of intent filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority on June 5, Associate Vice President of the college Margaret A. Ings wrote that the school hopes to expand into "the Estate nightclub at 1 & 2 Boylston Place, Sweetwater Cafe at 3 Boylston Place, the Tavern Club at 4 Boylston Place, and two other structures owned by the Tavern Club at 5 & 6 Boylston Place."
According to the letter, the proposed area would include a residence hall for about 750 students, a dining facility, a fitness center, academic offices, an equipment distribution center, and the Emerson College Police Department. The letter says that the project will be comprised of 260,000 feet of "new construction" and will be 280 feet tall. In addition to the college's new facilities, around 7,500 square feet of the newly constructed area will be used as an expansion of the Tavern Club.
Carol McFall, assistant vice president and director of media relations for the college, said the cost and dates for groundbreaking and completion of the proposed project have not yet been determined.
“The details are still very much being worked out,” she said. “It’s a very first step in saying this is something we’re interested in going forward with.”
While the letter of intent partially addresses how the college’s plan will affect the Tavern Club, it doesn’t mention how other businesses will be affected. Representatives from the businesses listed in the letter did not respond to requests for comment.