"Then, of course, there was the hugely ambitious plan, driven largely by Summers, to develop a second campus across the Charles, in Allston. The land purchases and the planning cost millions and millions; the actual construction of the 350 acres of new housing, laboratories, museums, parks, and athletic facilities would cost billions and billions. Just the projected maintenance for the first building under construction, a $1 billion new home for the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, has been said to be $100 million a year. This February, Faust announced that the university would finish the basement, then stop work on the project. She has said the halt is temporary, but few are convinced. Allston residents worry that their neighborhood will be left with a massive hole in the ground."
Urban Outfitters will open its fourth store in Greater Boston, having signed a lease for 13,500 square feet in Allston, Mass.
The lease, announced Thursday by Boston Realty Advisors on behalf of the site’s landlord, includes 2,400 square feet on the first floor of 226 Harvard Ave. and 11,000 square feet on the second floor. The three-story, 30,000-square-foot building was developed on a speculative basis, or without a tenant, beginning in the first quarter of last year
Our neighborhood is fortunate to have a great school in the Gardner Pilot Academy, but that ends at 5th grade and I know families who consider leaving the neighborhood in favor of a neighborhood where their kids can have more continuity in their education. The 700 units of new housing proposed last night means approximately 2000 new neighbors and something like 200 new kids. Even for the existing K-5 population the Gardner is already bursting at the seams.
If we are going to build all this great new housing we need to have a compelling answer to prospective homebuyers and renters who will ask "Where will my kids go to school"?
For example, here's a furry little critter I saw on my neighbor's front steps this morning at 8:35 while walking my dog. Twenty five minutes later it was still there sitting there on the same step.
So I was intrigued by this headline and story about how uncertainty affects people's happiness, and I found it ironic that is it written by a Harvard professor, considering that Harvard is the driving force behind so much of the uncertainty and mystery about our future.
What You Don’t Know Makes You Nervous - Happy Days Blog - NYTimes.com
There is little doubt now that New Haven is a healthier, more prosperous, more fun, and safer city than it has been in the memory of most alumni. 'When we use the word 'spiral' in speaking of our large cities,' wrote the Hartford Courant's Tom Condon two years ago, 'it is almost always preceded by 'downward.' In New Haven, they are saying 'upward.''
On Monday morning at 11:00 we will celebrate the project with Mayor Menino, the Allston Brighton CDC, the New England Foundation for the Arts, and others.
If you aren't familiar with the site or as a reminder of what it looked like a few years ago, here are a few before and after views.
|Thanks to Grow Boston Greener, Mahoney's Garden Center, and the dozen-plus neighbors who came together this morning to help plant 17 new trees on the Everett St slope alongside Lincoln Street. We have made incredible strides since the ABNNF adopted this site last year and it was great to work alongside many familiar faces and some neighbors I had never met before.|
All the planning meetings we attend month after month haven't accomplished much in terms of physical improvements in our community, which makes it all the more gratifying to be able to get our hands dirty while turning this sliver of land into one of the greenest and most attractive places in our neighborhood. Hopefully this will be the beginning of a trend!
This excerpt pretty well sums up the meeting. As a community I think we did an excellent job of focusing the meeting on the social and economic issues that are more likely what will make the new development of Charlesview a success or failure. Clearly we are going to insist on a lot more detail than just yellow squares on a map labelled "housing".
"While BRA officials had intended to focus largely on street grid and park design in Allston’s Holton Street Corridor at Wednesday night’s Community-Wide Planning meeting, discussions instead turned towards considerations of mixed-income and affordable housing in the future neighborhood, as well as the density and connectivity of the planned residential communities."
Saturday, May 16 - 9am to noon
In cooperation with Grow Boston Greener, we will do some spring cleaning & plant trees on the Everett St slope between Lincoln and Adamson. Please bring a shovel or rake and lend a hand!
(this is a correction to a previous version of this post which said that Harvard already owns the property)
Also, Harvard stated that they will not purchase any property in A/B for the next year. Considering Harvard's dire financial situation, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that they will spend their limited resources on their current campus instead of more property that won't be developed for decades.
"On Tuesday, May 12, at approximately 12:21am, Officers assigned to Area D-14 (Allston / Brighton), responded to the area of Coolidge Road @ North Harvard Street for a report of a robbery in progress..."
There has been a good amount of interest in the Cambridge/North Allston area, so hopefully there will be a convenient pick-up location for us. Right now they are exploring how many people are interested, not looking for a commitment. More info is available at their website.
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"But after two decades of service up a slice of Japan at the area's sole Japanese-only market, Shinohara will soon be saying farewell. Lesley University, which owns the Massachusetts Avenue building where the market is located, wants the space for its bookstore."
The Harvard Crimson :: News :: FAS Announces Broad Array of Budget Cuts
The Harvard Crimson :: News :: List of FAS Budget Measures, May 11
"Relative to the capital aspirations from one year ago, FAS has reduced the capital plan for the next two years by more than 50 percent. Only projects that are cash-funded or critical to the maintenance of the FAS’s primary mission – such as essential life-safety upgrades and expenditures associated with faculty recruitment – will be funded in the near term."
BPS is hosting a public meeting about this plan on Tuesday, May 12 at 6:00 at the Edison School, 60 Glenmont Rd. More info is available at http://www.bostonpublicschools.com/zones
"In the 1990s, the university wanted to build a Renzo Piano-designed museum on the banks of the Charles River to house its art collection. The North Allston "neighborhood," in reality a very small number of residents, blocked that plan because it would affect their views of the river blocks away."
But that isn't what happened. The proposed museum that Ben is thinking of was in Cambridge, not North Allston, at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Western Ave where Mahoney's was before it moved to North Brighton.
Then Ben continues:
For years after that, as Harvard tried to cement its plans to build a new science campus to educate the nation's future biologists and chemists, the area's residents fought back tooth and nail.This also couldn't be further from the truth. Harvard was allowed to amend its Master Plan to build the Science Complex in as rapid a process as possible and nobody in North Allston did anything to slow that down. All that despite the promise that Harvard made in the North Allston Strategic Framework to collaborate with the City and community on a new master plan before starting any specific projects.
There are a lot of great things about how the Internet allow people to share ideas and information, but the ability to spread lies like these isn't one of them.
Everett Street to grow greener, help needed for planting project - Allston-Brighton, MA - Allston/Brighton TAB
"The Harvard University Police Department said yesterday that it is not planning to close its Allston substation as a result of University-wide budget reductions—even though a HUPD sergeant seemed to suggest at an Allston construction management meeting Wednesday night that Harvard was considering such a move."
"More than 200 people packed the public hearing to argue the merits of BC's sweeping, $1 billion construction master plan, which was passed by a 9-to-1 vote.
Public discussion, at some points heated, lasted for more than four hours, with Zoning Commissioner chairman Robert Fondren gaveling the room back to order numerous times."
"With the city's zoning commission poised to weigh in on the university's plan tonight, the neighbors and environmentalists - including the Conservation Law Foundation and a former head of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority - want the panel to refrain from voting without a fuller review of how the expansion might disrupt the regional water mains."
Thanks to the Globe for this reminder about the good that a university can do while it does good for itself.
Penn's $500m project could be Harvard's model - The Boston Globe
"Penn never pretended to be performing public service. Its massive investments in the community, school officials said, were designed to improve the university. It stopped making excuses, fronted the money for projects large and small through good and recessionary times, and got the job done.
At the same time it began making risky forays into real estate, Penn started a public elementary and middle school to attract families and stabilize the neighborhood. It planted thousands of spruce and silver maples along barren sidewalks. It gave faculty and staff cash incentives to buy homes there, and some of its top administrators moved in.
Even now, construction continues, just as it did during the downturn in 2001 and 2002."