Backed by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the BRA is seeking a facelift after reforming its management structure, neighborhood planning, and community outreach.
A collection of trash and recycle bins sit behind the construction site for the "Gateway project." Construction on the building will continue through 2016, though University administrators are unsure at this point whether to dedicate it for academic purposes, or use it as a “mixed use institutional building” as originally intended.
A chain-link fence surrounds a sign for the Harvard Innovation Lab. The University is currently constructing the Harvard Life Lab, slated to open in September 2016, a modular biotech addition to the existing i-lab dedicated to supporting student research and enterprise in biotechnology.
The Boston Redevelopment Authority, the city's urban planning body, unanimously voted to approve Harvard’s proposed $1 billion science and engineering complex on Thursday, nearly a decade after the agency gave its approval to the University’s first iteration of the building in 2007.