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8 Things to Know About Harvard's Allston Plans

After ages of controversy and negotiations, Harvard has officially filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority its 10-year master plan for the university's Allston footprint. Some details in the filing are old.

Here are eight things to know about the mega-development, including its timeline:
· A 90,000-square-foot building for Harvard Business School's executive education program will replace the existing Kresge Hall.
· Burden Hall will be replaced with a three-story academic building totaling 140,000 square feet (earlier reports had it pegged at 130K).
· The new 60,000-square-foot basketball arena at North Harvard Street and Western Avenue will have 3,000 seats.
· The remainder of the basketball-arena site will be given over to mixed-use development, including as much as a quarter-million square feet of residential space.
· The old Charlesview Apartments will be replaced by a 300,000-square-foot complex of six to nine stories.
· The planned hotel east of Western Avenue would have 200 rooms, not 250 as previously reported.
· The new 110,000-square-foot, four-story administrative and faculty building for the business school will be on the northeast corner of Ohiri Field.
· There are just under 60 days now for comment on the plan.
· It may take up to a decade to finish everything, though projects like the Kresge Hall replacement could start as soon as next year.

We're talking approximately 1.4 million square feet of development and renovation. Y'all stay tuned now, ya hear?
· Harvard Files 10-year Master Plan [Biz Journal]
· Harvard Allston Institutional Master Plan (PDF) [BRA]
· Menino to Harvard: Hold It Right There [Curbed Boston]
· Paint Allston Crimson! Harvard's Details: New Arena, Offices [Curbed Boston]

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