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Wentworth dorm plans OK'd by city

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  November 19, 2012 08:55 AM

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Wentworth Institute of Technology’s plans to build a new dormitory on Huntington Avenue have been approved by the city.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority board Thursday unanimously approved Wentworth’s proposal to build a 7-story dorm at 525 Huntington Ave.

The 110,760 square-foot building is designed to house 305 students, allowing the school to keep 96 percent of its students living on campus.

The apartment-style units are designed to attract upperclassmen to on-campus housing, according to the project’s Facebook page.

The new building will be built on a piece of land at the intersection of Huntington Avenue and Louis Prang Street that has served as a school-owned park. When complete, the building's Huntington Avenue side will host 1,897 square feet of open space near its entry.

The $43 million project will create 275 construction jobs and six permanent jobs, according to the city.

This is the latest expansion the school has taken on in recent years. This fall, the school celebrated the opening of its newly built Center for Sciences and Biomedical Engineering and the William H. Flanagan Campus Center.
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