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Northeastern University wants to open a new dorm for approximately 800 students in Roxbury, according to a letter of intent the school filed Wednesday with the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

The letter to Brian P. Golden, director of the BRA, said the university plans to ground lease the site on Burke Street to American Campus Communities, which proposes to build a residence hall with about 800 beds, as well as “ground floor commercial space.”

“The project will also host a spectrum of student amenities and services,” the letter said.

Northeastern and American Campus Communities, a company based in Austin, plans to file a master plan notification form early next month to initiate review of the project, according to the letter.


“We look forward to working with you and the members of the community — including the existing Northeastern [Institutional Master Plan] Task Force, your staff and other City agencies to undertake the review of this Project,” the note said.

It was not clear when the university hopes to open the dorm, and a school spokeswoman could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

Nick Martin, a BRA spokesman, said in an e-mail that the agency looks forward to “working with Northeastern and the community to review this proposal, which is in line with what the university envisioned in its 2013 institutional master plan.

“This is an opportunity to create new on-campus housing for students that could help free up stock in the neighborhood for families.”

Martin said he could not put a timeline on how long the review process will take, “but our goal as always it to facilitate a constructive dialogue between community members and the university.”

American Campus Communities has a company motto of “Where students love living” and bills itself on its website as “the nation’s largest developer, owner and manager of high-quality student housing communities.”


“Throughout their collective careers, our senior staff has been involved in the development, acquisition or management of more than 350 student housing communities consisting of more than 222,000 beds,” the site says.

Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.