NU dorm work could start soon

February 10, 2012
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Work on the new Northeastern University (NU) dorm on Huntington Avenue might start before the month is out.

NU has been working on the project’s financing for weeks, and “we should know something pretty good in the next few weeks,” said John Tobin, NU’s vice president of city and community affairs.

The GrandMarc at Northeastern project, located at 316 Huntington Ave., would allow NU to keep its promise to Mission Hill residents of 600 more on-campus beds.

Under the proposed plan, developer PPC Land Ventures, Inc. would purchase and demolish the YMCA’s gym, then build a 17-story dorm tower in its place. PPC would then lease the dorm to NU long-term.

Once the financials are secure, Tobin said, the work of separating the YMCA’s gym from its main building can begin. Separation must be complete before the gym can be demolished.

Two lawsuits filed against the project are still ongoing in Superior Court. Demolition of the gym cannot begin until the suits are resolved.

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