Harvard University’s planned expansion into Allston goes well beyond the usual mix of new and renovated academic buildings, seeking to spur development of new shops, restaurants and residences that will help enliven a dreary section of the city. A copy of the university’s plan was released Friday by the Boston Redevelopment Authority, adding further detail to a broad outline that emerged last week. The plan proposes to mix retail, residential and hotel buildings into a 180-acre section of North Allston.
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