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Brigham and Women’s plans new laboratory in Fenway

Hospital would build on college’s land

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, already in the middle of a $450 million expansion of its Boston campus, wants to build another massive research building in the Fenway neighborhood.

In a proposal filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority on Dec. 14, the hospital said it intends to construct a 360,000-square-foot laboratory building with up to 455 parking spaces on land leased from Emmanuel College on Avenue Louis Pasteur.

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“This project will benefit the community with job creation and improvements to our world-class health care system and will enhance Boston’s reputation as a leader in health and biomedical research,’’ Brigham and Women’s and Emmanuel College said in a joint statement yesterday.

The plans come just weeks after the hospital said it will move ahead with construction of a 12-story, $450 million clinical and research building near the corner of Brookline Avenue and the Riverway, as well as a $55 million restoration of the grassy common that once graced the entrance to the former Peter Bent Brigham Hospital at 15 Francis St.

While it is aggressively pursing real estate expansion, Brigham and Women’s has also launched an initiative to cut its annual expenses by about 10 percent. The hospital’s executives have said they are trying to shift its emphasis from providing “episodic care’’ to managing patients’ health throughout their lives.

The new laboratory complex would replace an existing 50,000-square-foot office and research building Brigham and Women’s occupies on Emmanuel’s property. The hospital said it will file more detailed plans with the BRA in January, kicking off the city’s review process.

Also yesterday, the New England Conservatory of Music proposed building a 10-story dormitory in the Fenway with a music library, performance spaces, and a dining hall. The building would rise on a parking lot on St. Botolph Street.

In addition, the conservatory, which has 750 students, is seeking to build a seven-story, 65,000-square-foot academic and administration building on the site of the existing residence hall and library on Gainsborough Street. In a letter to the BRA, the conservatory’s project manager - Colliers International - said the project “will dramatically enhance the quality of student life and academic instruction.’’

Casey Ross can be reached at cross@globe.
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