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Harvard continues its march into Allston, with science complex

Rendering of Harvard University's proposed Science and Engineering Complex South Courtyard, in Allston, looking Northwest. Behnisch Architekten

Harvard University’s largest new academic center in Allston may clear a major hurdle Thursday when the Boston Redevelopment Authority reviews the school’s proposed science and engineering complex along Western Avenue.

At almost 500,000 square feet, and with room for 80 faculty and 450 researchers, the complex “will anchor an innovation area that will lead to the development of . . . an enterprise research campus,” combining science and engineering innovation with business expertise, spokesman Kevin Casey said. “We want it to be something similar to Kendall Square.”

If the project wins BRA approval Thursday, Harvard hopes to launch construction this summer and open in 2020, Casey said.