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Boston approves building plans of four Fenway institutions

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  May 17, 2012 11:47 AM

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Separate plans to expand or build by four institutions in the Fenway neighborhood, including a 17-story dorm on Emmanuel College’s campus, have been approved by the city.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved the institutional master plan for Emmanuel College and amendments to the master plans of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Conservatory, and Wheelock College at its monthly meeting Tuesday.

Master plans, which all large institutions are required by the city to draft, outline all the institution’s possible projects for the next 10 years and must be approved through a public process.

Emmanuel College’s newly approved plan calls for the demolition of Julie Hall on Brookline Avenue to build a 17-story 220,000 square foot building that will add a net total of 500 new dormitory beds and 129 below grade parking spaces.

The building would also provide 20,00 square feet of academic space and a 500-seat dining hall.

A second planned project on the campus would demolition part of Cardinal Cushing Library at the corner of The Fenway and Louis Pasteur and add five floors to the building to make room for a lecture hall, classrooms, and offices.

Both projects still need further public review.

An approved amendment for Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s master plan would add another 360,000 square foot building to Emmanuel’s campus that would serve as a lab research center for the hospital on leased property at 45 Avenue de Louis Pasteur.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority board unanimously approved an amendment to the Boston Conservatory Institutional Master Plan that includes the construction of a new three-story educational facility in the Fenway.
The board also approved an amendment allowing the Boston Conservatory to demolish a one-story building at 132 Ipswich Street and replace it with a 3-story, 20,000 square foot building for a rehearsal hall, dance and theater studios, and music practice rooms. The conservatory had originally planned to renovate the building, but chose instead to rebuild a specialized space.

Wheelock College’s amendment to add up to 6,700 square feet of classrooms, offices, and technology and resource centers at their three story their Activities Center East at 180 The Riverway was also approved.
The city estimates these projects, along with St. Elizabeth Hospital’s plans to expand, will create more than 800 construction jobs.

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