Northeastern plans its second high-end dorm for Roxbury

A rendering of the proposed Northeastern University dorm on Columbus Avenue. –Matt Formicola

Fresh off opening a big privately operated dormitory on the edge of its campus in Roxbury, Northeastern University is planning another one.

The school has filed plans with the Boston Planning & Development Agency for a 26-story, 975-bed dorm and academic building on the corner of Tremont Street and Melnea Cass Boulevard. The move will kick off what will probably be months of city review, with a goal to break ground in 2021.

It would be Northeastern’s second partnership with Texas-based American Campus Communities, a publicly traded student housing developer that built and operates LightView Apartments, the 825-bed Northeastern dorm that opened this fall. And it would be the latest in a growing wave of privately financed dorms in Boston as colleges and universities seek to add housing without overloading their balance sheets.

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