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Harvard Reveals Draft 10-Year Allston Master Plan

Rendering of Barry's Corner residential project

Harvard University has released its draft Institutional Master Plan (IMP), which includes seven new development projects across the college's Boston campus in Allston.

The IMP lays out the Cambridge-based school's development plans for the next 10 years and requires the approval of the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

The university is planning a mixed-use office and retail building called the Gateway Project at the intersection of North Harvard Street and Western Avenue. The building will likely include 300,000 square feet of space, with administrative use on the upper floors and between 35,000 and 50,000 square feet of ground floor retail. The building would be between six and nine stories tall.

The development could include multiple retail shops fronting on North Harvard Street, Western Avenue, and a planned grove of trees, as well as a larger retail space to attract a regional or national destination-style tenant for Barry's Corner, according to the IMP. Harvard is also exploring the possibility of locating additional retail and/or Harvard-related services on approximately 15,000 square feet of the second floor of this building.

The university intends to build a new 60,000-square-foot basketball venue of about 3,000 seats at 175 North Harvard Street. The project would also have institutional affiliate or graduate student housing and/or potentially office space. This portion of the project will include between 200,000 and 250,000 square feet of residential space and approximately 10,000 to 30,000 square feet of ground floor retail.

Harvard also plans to build a hotel and conference center on the south side of Western Avenue near the Charles River. It is currently anticipated that the project will have approximately 200 hotel rooms and approximately 26,500 square feet of meeting space for a total project of about 250,000 square feet. There would also be approximately 125 parking spaces.

The college plans to construct a new faculty and administrative office building at the northeast corner of what is now Ohiri Field and is directly north of the i-lab/Batten Hall. As currently planned, the building will be approximately 110,000 square feet and four stories in height.

The rest of the projects can be viewed in the full IMP here


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