Northeastern University Picks up Again on 26-Story Student Housing Tower

Northeastern University has picked things back up on the proposed 26-story student housing tower on Columbus Avenue in the South End, with the Boston Planning and Development Agency calling for a Sept. 22 meeting of the Northeastern Task Force.

The virtual meeting will take place at 6 p.m. on Sept. 22 to discuss the proposed housing plan for 840 Columbus Avenue – next door to the student housing tower completed two years ago.

The development plan was unveiled in November 2019 and called for about the same plan as the existing tower, with a 26-story student housing tower with a five-story podium for student services on a piece of land across the street into the Lower Roxbury neighborhood. It would be owned by Northeastern, and leased to All Campus Communities (ACC). That is the same company that built and leased the property where the existing tower sits.

The development of the building progressed through January and was before the Boston Civic Design Commission (BCDC) just before COVID-19 hit and stopped the project from moving.

Now, it will pick up later this month for discussions about where the second tower will go from here.

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