Harvard Reveals Plans For Allston Development

By Jordan Weinstein

Sept. 22, 2011

BOSTON — In an open letter to Allston residents on Wednesday, leaders at Harvard University revealed the institution's vision for its vast Allston holdings whose development, stalled in 2009 following the economic downturn.

Construction on Harvard's Allston development is seen in Nov. 2008, before the project was stalled in 2009. Now, the university is unveiling new plans for the site. (SignalPAD/Flickr)

Harvard says the first phase of development will include a new Health and Life Science Center on Western Avenue and development of Barry’s Corner, at the intersection of Western Avenue and North Harvard Street, including a new residential commons and retail center.

Boston City Councilor Mark Ciommo, who represents the district, says the development’s starts and stops has left a void in building occupancy and neighborhood vitality.

“We want to make sure it’s the right mix and blend for their campus but also for the neighborhood, and to make sure that they’re sensitive to the neighborhood’s issues,” Ciommo said.

Oversight and approval of the plan lies with The Boston Redevelopment Authority.

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