Suffolk ‘stopgap’ plan: Brighton

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 02:09:08 PM. Suffolk University is proposing a “stopgap” solution to its need for student dorms: Leasing a 180-unit apartment building to house up to 350 students in Brighton, a 20- to 25-minute MBTA ride from its downtown Boston campus.Suffolk filed plans with the city to lease the privately owned residential building at 1047 Commonwealth Ave. as a dorm. Boston University is in its second and final year of
Suffolk University is proposing a “stopgap” solution to its need for student dorms: Leasing a 180-unit apartment building to house up to 350 students in Brighton, a 20- to 25-minute MBTA ride from its downtown Boston campus. Suffolk filed plans with the city to lease the privately owned residential building at 1047 Commonwealth Ave. as a dorm. Boston University is in its second and final year of leasing the property to house its students while renovating its Myles Standish Hall and Annex student residences. Suffolk’s proposal is a “short-term, stopgap measure to address pent-up demand” for undergraduate housing as Suffolk works on a new long-range plan that will address student housing needs, according to John Nucci, the university’s senior vice president of external affairs. “As with our other housing, this would be managed by and supervised by the university,” Nucci said. “Supervised housing is not only better for the students, but ... the city as a whole. It ... frees up housing for families and other residents.” A proposed change to Suffolk’s institutional master plan, filed with the Boston Planning & Development Agency yesterday, indicates Suffolk is eyeing a two-year lease of the Brighton building from August 2018 to June 2020, with one two-year renewal option. “It’s currently used for student housing, so there’s no change in use,” Nucci said. “There’s no increase in beds. There is no increased impact on the neighborhood.” Suffolk houses just more than 1,200 students —...Read more
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