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The Inn at Harvard to close in July, significant layoffs expected

Posted by Your Town  February 12, 2013 03:49 PM

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Harvard College is permanently closing The Inn at Harvard in July, a move that will result in significant layoffs, according to a letter filed with the Massachusetts Division of Career Services.

Collegiate Hospitality, LLC, which manages The Inn at Harvard, sent the letter in early January in accordance with the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988. According to the US Department of Labor, the act “offers protection to workers, their families and communities by requiring employers to provide notice 60 days in advance of covered plant closings and covered mass layoffs.”

The letter, which was obtained by the Globe, says that “this closing will affect approximately 95 employees. We expect that layoffs will occur on or about July 15, 2013.”

Niamh Dwyer, director of sales and marketing for Collegiate Hospitality, LLC, said in a phone interview today that Harvard notified Collegiate Hospitality employees of the closure in July of last year.

Dwyer said the inn will be used as a “swing dorm,” or temporary housing for students while other dorm spaces are undergoing renovations. Starting in July, the college will spend approximately 7 to 8 months renovating the inn, she said. Then for the next decade, the inn will be used for temporary student housing.

“For as long as 10 to 15 years it will be used as a swing dorm,” she said.

In July of 2012, The Harvard Crimson reported that the Dunster House would be renovated during the 2014 to 2015 academic year, and during that time residents will live at 1201 Massachusetts Avenue, where The Inn at Harvard is located. Residents will also live in “three University-owned apartment buildings in the Square,” the Crimson reported.

The Crimson reported that the announcement marks the university’s plan to fully renovate all 12 undergraduate Houses. This project is estimated to cost between $1 billion and $1.3 billion.

Dwyer said The Inn at Harvard is more than 20 years old, and was constructed by architect Graham Gund. Collegiate Hospitality also manages the Harvard Square Hotel, which has 73 rooms.

According its website, The Inn at Harvard has more than 110 rooms, a dining space, and meeting rooms. The Inn also hosts wedding receptions, the website says.

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