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    Harvard University closed Wednesday on the purchase of more than 19 acres in Allston, the latest in a series of land deals clearing the way for the university’s expansion in the neighborhood.

    Harvard paid CSX Transportation Inc. $97.25 million for the land, according to deeds filed in Suffolk County. The site, known as Allston North, sits between the Massachusetts Turnpike’s Allston-Brighton interchange and Western Ave., where Harvard is planning a new science and engineering building.

    CSX has been conducting environmental cleanup on the site, and Harvard’s long-term plan includes park land and eventually other facilities. Wednesday’s closing was the final step in a cleanup and acquisition process on the Allston North site that began in 2007, said Harvard spokesman Kevin Casey.

    Tim Logan can be reached at tim.logan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @bytimlogan.