Rental prices in Allston have gone down over the course of the past year, according to a recent report, and Harvard may have helped.
The Boston Redevelopment Authority gave a public presentation Wednesday night to discuss plans for Harvard-owned land in Allston, soon to be a site of tumultuous activity as the Massachusetts Department of Transportation straightens the portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike running through the land parcel.
As Harvard marches forward with Allston construction, some local residents say getting to Harvard-Allston Task Force meetings to make their voices heard is too much of a hike.
Pending approval by the City of Boston, the proposed Life Lab will feature 36 lab benches, fume hoods, tissue culture and microscopy facilities, a private faculty-in-residence lab suite, conference rooms, and co-working spaces to support team planning.
As Harvard breaks ground on new projects and continues with others, Allston residents can expect years of construction in their neighborhood.
A recent leadership change in the Harvard-Allston Task Force, a neighborhood advisory body on issues related to Harvard’s development projects in Allston, has rekindled debate over the transparency of the group’s member selection process.
The Allston complex known as Continuum will house forty-two residents after the affordable housing units were distributed in a lottery.
Forty-two applicants were chosen on Monday from a lottery pool of 386 to rent affordable housing units constructed in a residential and retail complex located on Harvard-owned land in Allston.
Harvard and railroad company CSX Transportation completed a deal that gave the University full rights to more than 19 acres of Allston land, one of several recent Allston land deals between Harvard, CSX, and the Massachusetts state government.
A rendering of the new School of Engineering and Applied Sciences complex's planned interior atrium, which will have access to Western Avenue.
Harvard started a formal review process for the construction project of its new School of Engineering and Applied Sciences complex, filing an Institutional Master Plan Notification Form with the Boston Redevelopment Authority on Monday.
Recent attrition among task force members has prompted a number of Allston residents and members of the task force that were present at last week’s meeting to demand that the advisory body formally explain the appointment process.