Delay Not Expected to Affect Middle Campus Trial Timeline

(7-23-98) -- The trial over the University's proposed Middle Campus Project was interrupted this week, but the delay is not expected to significantly affect the trial's timeline.

Associate General Counsel Joseph Herlihy said a lawyer representing the City of Newton in the trial experienced a family emergency and the judge agreed to interrupt the trial and resume it early next month. The decision came after traffic engineer Robert Vanasse spent two days on the witness stand detailing traffic and parking on and around campus.

"I don't really consider this a delay," said Herlihy. The trial will resume on Aug. 3 and should be finished by its previously scheduled completion date of Aug. 21.

In the trial, the University is appealing the Newton Board of Aldermen's 1996 decision not to grant a special permit for the project's construction.

Herlihy added that he is pleased with the testimony of Vanasse, whom the University hired to examine parking and traffic. Boston College maintains the new student center and academic building will not materially increase traffic in the area, nor will it result in a shortage of parking.

"We got all the evidence we need on the record," said Herlihy. "There was an extraordinary amount of very pertinent testimony on the real story about traffic and parking at BC."

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