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More Cranes for the Fenway! City O.K.'s Emmanuel Dorm

Slap another development on the Fenway's to-do list: Emmanuel College has gotten the go-head from the Boston Redevelopment Authority to replace its Julie Hall on Brookline Avenue with a 17-story, 220,000-square-foot building. It will have (deep breath) 720 dorm beds, 20,000 square feet of academic space, 35,000 square feet of dining and "student life" space; a 450- to 500-seat dining area; and 200 underground parking spaces (the parking will allow for more landscaping above ground).

The BRA also O.K.'d renovations to the Cardinal Cushing Library at the corner of The Fenway and Avenue Louis Pasteur. Of the library's existing 51,800 square feet, 17,800 will be demolished and the rest will be renovated.

Both projects still have to go through public hearings; and we should note that Emmanuel isn't done yet. The college also added its so-called Parcel A to its master plan. That site can hold a new academic building as high as 88 feet and as large as 166,000 square feet.

These Emmanuel projects join the $450 million, five-building Fenway Center planned at Brookline and Commonwealth; as well as the 250-unit Point apartment building proposed for Boylston and Brookline that may, in fact, mimic New York's Flatiron Building (or at least architecture junkies can dream).

· Mayor Menino Announces New Institutional Development Moving Forward [City of Boston]
· Epic Solar-Powered Fenway Project to Start: 5 Buildings, $450M [Curbed Boston]
· Might Fenway Get Its Own Flatiron Building? 23-Story Proposal [Curbed Boston]

[Julie Hall via Emmanuel College]

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