Boston's Mayor Thomas M. Menino and its zoning commission formally approved Boston College’s $1 billion expansion plan June 10, with an amendment requiring that an undergraduate residence hall be the first project undertaken, city and school officials said Thursday.
The approved institutional master plan, which includes new residence halls for nearly 800 students and a baseball stadium, excludes the proposed 150-student dormitory on the former property of the Archdiocese of Boston in Brighton, said BC spokesman Jack Dunn.
Menino’s approval was the final step in a process that included four years of public meetings with city officials and community residents, and formal approvals by both the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Boston Zoning Commission, the university said in a statement Thursday.
The master plan calls for the construction of a university center, recreation complex, fine arts district and playing fields for baseball, softball and intramurals, as well as new residence halls to enable BC to meet 100 percent of demand for undergraduate housing, the school said.
‘‘In addition to these projects, all of which will be built in the City of Boston, the University will eventually construct four academic buildings on its Middle Campus in Chestnut Hill,’’ the university's statement said.
With the approval, BC said it will begin planning and design work for the relocation of university employees currently in More Hall to buildings on the Brighton Campus. More Hall will then be razed for the construction of a 470-bed undergraduate residence hall.
Boston College is also in the design phase for Stokes Hall on its Middle Campus, which will provide space for classrooms and faculty offices.
“Many individuals and organizations provided advice and support during the various phases of the IMP process,” said University President William P. Leahy, SJ. “In particular I think of the assistance of Mayor Menino, local elected officials, and the Allston-Brighton Boston College Task Force.
"I also want to thank BC alumni, employees and students, as well as neighbors and unions representatives, who attended meetings and spoke in favor of our proposals," he said.
"Implementing our [master plan] will require additional meetings and decisions, and I am confident that such investment of time, energy and resources will result in a stronger Boston College and an enhanced neighborhood.”
-- Boston Globe
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