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Harvard files formal plan for Allston expansion

Harvard University on Friday filed a formal plan with Boston regulators outlining its long planned expansion into Allston.

The plan includes nine projects over the next decade totaling 1.4 million square feet of development, including a new basketball facility, an addition to Harvard Stadium, several academic buildings, and a hotel and conference center at Western Avenue and North Harvard Street, also known as Barry’s Corner.

The university’s master plan needs the approval of the Boston Redevelopment Authority before the expansion can begin.

Harvard vice president Katherine Lapp said in a statement that the university’s development plan “combines academic priorities, retail development, open space enhancement, and pedestrian connections that will enliven Barry’s Corner and create stronger ties with our Cambridge campus.”

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In addition to the projects in the master plan, Harvard is already working with private developers to build retail stores and 325 residences at Barry’s Corner.

It is also expected to resume construction of its massive science center along Western Avenue in 2014.


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