Simmons files for IMP extension

LMA—Simmons College on the Fenway has filed for a two-year extension of its current Institutional Master Plan (IMP), a document that defines the campus and lays out any upcoming construction plans. An IMP also serves as blanket zoning approval for new projects.

Because no new projects are on the table, Simmons is requesting the extension and would create a new plan sometime in the future, according to the Dec. 7 filing with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA).

The Simmons IMP expired in 2008 and has been repeatedly renewed, with some new construction happening with the approval of “amendments” to the plan.

The IMP extension request says the college does have some new projects in mind, but they have no funding or other solid plans at this point. They include possibly replacing the dining hall and some dormitories between 2013 and 2016, and creating a new 75,000- to 100,000-square-foot academic building no sooner than 2014.

The BRA is accepting comments on the IMP extension request through Jan. 7 through Project Manager Katelyn Sullivan at [email protected] or via mail at Boston Redevelopment Authority, One City Hall Square, Boston, MA 02201.

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