Four months after Harvard announced planned renovations to The Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center, and almost a week after faculty and student working groups released their recommendations, the future of retailers and restaurants inside the Smith Center is still unclear.
Formerly called the Holyoke Center, the central building which houses University Health Services and several ground-floor businesses was renamed in November after a donation from Richard A. Smith '46 and Susan F. Smith. The bottom three floors are set to undergo renovations beginning in 2016, and construction is estimated to be completed by 2018.
Plans for the new campus center are currently underway. The University announced that London-based Hopkins Architects will design the new building with a budget of about $80 million, according to an article in Harvard Magazine. Student and administrator working groups have also met to discuss possible ideas for the center, including food options and student meeting spaces.
Still, current tenants of the Smith Center, such as Al’s Harvard Square Café and Au Bon Pain, are uncertain about how the renovations will affect their businesses.
According to Au Bon Pain General Manager Anup Upaghyaya, the cafe has yet to be contacted regarding the potential impact that renovations could have on their establishment. However, he expressed a desire to continue doing business in Harvard Square.
“We want to stay open,” Upaghyaya said.
Barry F. Penn, a partner at Al’s Harvard Square Cafe, echoed the sentiment, stating that although he is unaware of any specific timetable, he is hopeful that the University will include Al’s in the plans.
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