Phase one will focus on the immediate need for property improvements, aggressive and effective leasing of vacant or partially vacant Harvard properties, and community engagement. As part of this commitment, Harvard will work with the Allston community to improve community vitality, with a particular focus on high impact locations, and regularly report progress on leasing.March 5, 2009 - Residents Protest Vacancies in Allston The Harvard Crimson
“We understand the concerns our neighbors and the city have expressed, which is why we’ve been so aggressive in our efforts to lease available property,” said University spokeswoman Lauren MarshallNovember 3, 2006 - Allston fear: Harvard is creating a 'ghost town' - Boston Business Journal
Harvard responded last month by saying it will try to lease out as much as 300,000 square feet for at least the next five years
"It is absolutely true that because we haven't been willing to make long-term commitments in that property, because we didn't know enough about what our master plan priorities were going to be, the vacancies have increased," said Kathy Spiegelman, Harvard's chief planner for Allston. "We're now trying to address that."
September 27, 2006 - Harvard Allston Draft Interim Property Use Plan
"Harvard plans to continue to lease the properties in the near term, aiming to encourage uses compatible with the interests of adjacent residential areas and conducive to the area's economic vitality"