BRA board approves proposed NU dorm

The Boston Redevelopment Authority board approved during its July 14 monthly meeting Northeastern University’s (NU) dorm proposal for 10 Burke St.

The proposed project at 10 Burke St. will build more than 200 units and have about 800 beds. The project is part of NU’s institutional master plan (IMP) that was approved by the BRA in 2013, though the project has changed since then. An IMP is a comprehensive development plan that describes an institution’s existing facilities, long-range planning goals and proposed projects.

The proposed project is expected to include 3,000 square feet of commercial space at the ground floor level. It will also have a social lounge, recreation and gaming area, fitness center, academic center, and laundry room.

NU plans to lease the property to American Campus Communities (ACA), a Texas-based company. ACA will develop and operate the development through a dormitory license from the City. NU students in their third, fourth, and fifth years of school would have first right to lease the apartments.

Construction is expected to start near the end of the year and last about two and a half years.

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