North­eastern Uni­ver­sity plans to trans­form its pres­ence on Columbus Avenue with the con­struc­tion of a new sci­ence and engi­neering building and the rebuilding of the city-​​owned William E. Carter Playground.
Blue­prints of the pro­posed Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Sci­ence and Engi­neering building (ISEB) include a walkway over the rail­road tracks that will increase acces­si­bility to Northeastern’s core campus and help to con­nect the neigh­bor­hoods of Rox­bury and Fenway.
The uni­ver­sity also plans to imple­ment pro­grams that would enable more Rox­bury stu­dents to attend North­eastern, and to increase the hiring of local res­i­dents and businesses.
“This is going to open up the face of North­eastern towards our neigh­bors in Rox­bury,” said John Tobin, Northeastern’s vice pres­i­dent of city and com­mu­nity affairs.
Plans for the ISEB, Carter Play­ground con­struc­tion and com­mu­nity pro­grams are out­lined in Northeastern’s Insti­tu­tional Master Plan, which was set to be pre­sented to the Boston Rede­vel­op­ment Authority on Oct. 15.
Fol­lowing con­ver­sa­tions with the BRA, the uni­ver­sity with­drew the master plan from the meeting’s agenda. Jim Chi­avelli, Northeastern’s director of solu­tions plan­ning, said the uni­ver­sity cur­rently is working with neigh­bors and elected offi­cials to finalize its plan, addressing mainly housing con­cerns, before resub­mit­ting it to the BRA. He said the uni­ver­sity hopes to present it on Nov. 14.

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