Northeastern maps its plans for Columbus Avenue and Roxbury
Boston.com - 11/05/2013
Northeastern University plans to transform its presence on Columbus Avenue with the construction of a new science and engineering building and the rebuilding of the city-owned William E. Carter Playground.
Blueprints of the proposed Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering building (ISEB) include a walkway over the railroad tracks that will increase accessibility to Northeastern’s core campus and help to connect the neighborhoods of Roxbury and Fenway.
The university also plans to implement programs that would enable more Roxbury students to attend Northeastern, and to increase the hiring of local residents and businesses.
“This is going to open up the face of Northeastern towards our neighbors in Roxbury,” said John Tobin, Northeastern’s vice president of city and community affairs.
Plans for the ISEB, Carter Playground construction and community programs are outlined in Northeastern’s Institutional Master Plan, which was set to be presented to the Boston Redevelopment Authority on Oct. 15.
Following conversations with the BRA, the university withdrew the master plan from the meeting’s agenda. Jim Chiavelli, Northeastern’s director of solutions planning, said the university currently is working with neighbors and elected officials to finalize its plan, addressing mainly housing concerns, before resubmitting it to the BRA. He said the university hopes to present it on Nov. 14.