BC's Newton Residents Urged to Attend Middle Campus Project Meeting on Thursday

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

Boston College administrators will hold an informational meeting on the proposed Middle Campus Project for the University community this Thursday, June 27, from 3:30-5 p.m. in McGuinn 121.

The project, which will reshape the Middle Campus's southwest corner, is under review by the Newton Board of Aldermen's Land Use Committee. The full board is expected to vote on the proposal shortly, according to Vice President for Administration John T. Driscoll, who will host the meeting with Vice President for Student Affairs Kevin P. Duffy and College of Arts and Sciences Dean J. Robert Barth, SJ.

"This meeting is open to anyone in the Boston College community, but we are particularly encouraging those faculty and staff living in Newton to attend," Driscoll said. "We want to thoroughly describe the project and its benefits for the community, so people who have not yet heard a full explanation will see what we are trying to accomplish. Our hope is that this session will help them in expressing their views on the proposal to city officials."

Under the plan, three buildings will occupy the site of the current McElroy Commons and its adjacent parking lot: a new academic building; a new, consolidated student center; and a replacement for McElroy Commons. Each phase is expected to take approximately 20 months to complete.

Driscoll said University representatives have been working closely with Newton officials and neighborhood representatives since the proposal was announced about 16 months ago. The project will provide needed classrooms, faculty and student services office space, and meeting rooms, he said, while greatly reducing vehicular traffic in the area.

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