Aldermen Delay Vote

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

The Newton Board of Aldermen postponed action on the Boston College Middle Campus Project at its Oct. 7 meeting, and is now expected to vote on the proposal at its Oct. 21 session.

The project was recommended for approval by the board's Land Use Committee on Oct. 1 by a 4-3 vote, and must now receive favorable votes from 16 of the 24 aldermen to gain final approval. The vote is expected to be close.

After the committee's report was read at the Oct. 7 meeting, Alderman Roderick MacLeish Jr. moved to table the proposal until the board's next meeting. He said the two-week delay would provide another opportunity for University and neighborhood representatives to further discuss the project and address any concerns, according to Vice President for Administration John T. Driscoll.

Driscoll said the University will continue its preparations for the board's vote and is again encouraging BC employees, especially those residing in Newton, "to express their support of the project to aldermen."

The proposal calls for a new academic building, a new, consolidated student center and a replacement for McElroy Commons on the campus' southwest corner, to be built in three phases over a span of about four-and-a-half years. The University has included provisions for pedestrian and vehicular traffic safety in the plan.

An update will be posted by the Boston College News Service on the InfoEagle home page on Oct. 22.

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