As Harvard University’s expansion into Allston continues,
tensions remain high between representatives of the school and local residents. good
The expansion is planned to continue through the next 10 years, and has left residents
unsure how the projects will affect their community.
The Harvard Allston Task force community, add a description of task force here met
Wednesday night and expressed frustration and concern over the University’s new
Institutional Master Plan Notification Form. They called for Harvard to honor existing
commitments to community projects before breaking ground on its proposed project at
Barry’s Corner, a mixed-use, residential-and-retail complex located at the intersection of
North Harvard Street and Western Avenue in the North Allston neighborhood.
Add a quote here from the meeting, or from an interview you obtained after the meeting.
Harvard started a free shuttle service between its Cambridge and Allston campuses
to fulfill the needs of the Harvard-Allston Task Force. Give us a little detail about the
shuttle service here. From what streets, where will it drop off? Western Avenue? How
much will it cost? Etc. Members of the task force said it was a small achievement in
expansion negotiations that have gone in favor of the university for years.
The shuttle service is a project the university plans to take on in the Allston/Brighton
area over the upcoming 10 years. The projects will encompass more than 300 acres,
according to the Institutional Master Plan submitted to the Boston Redevelopment
Harvard already has a presence in Lower Allston. Its business school and athletic
complex take up a large part of the property north of Western Avenue and south of
the Charles River. There are also facilities on Travis Street. Harvard is expected to
start construction? on most residential neighborhoods starting in late 2013 and early
2014. They also plan to renovate the Harvard Stadium and Baker Hall, according to the
Because most of the outlined projects are not yet underway, several residents
are unsure how the future developments would affect the community. Many said the
shuttle service was useless because the routes were too limited to be practical for
residents who are not students at Harvard.