GrubStreet’s plan for narrative arts center advances

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GrubStreet, the Boston writing and literary nonprofit, has enlisted the Harvard Book Store and Mass Poetry for a proposal to open a 13,000-square-foot Narrative Arts Center in the Seaport District.

That plan is one of four finalist applications being considered for reduced-rate, civic-cultural space by the Boston Planning and Development Agency and the Fallon Co., owner of Fifty Liberty, the 14-story nearly completed condominium tower that would house the winning project. Eve Bridburg, GrubStreet executive director, said in an e-mail that the team’s bid recently got a boost with the announcement of a $2 million grant from the Calderwood Foundation, to be received if the GrubStreet bid is accepted.

The proposal includes a second branch of Harvard Book Store with a café/wine bar, creative-writing classrooms, a reading and writing lounge, and performance spaces for events. Besides GrubStreet the other finalists include Boston Center for the Arts, Cross Cultural Collective, and Medicine Wheel Productions. The groups will make public presentations on April 30, and BPDA and Fallon will then make their decision.


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