Emmanuel College got a green light from the city this week to finish plans for a 17-story dorm on Brookline Avenue and to lease part of its campus to Brigham and Women's for a new research building on Avenue Louis Pasteur.
In a vote earlier this week, the BRA approved the college's "institutional master plan," which calls for replacing the existing four-story Julie Hall with a high rise that will include dorm rooms for 720 students (500 more than the current building) as well as classroom and dining space. The college also wants to build an underground garage, which will allow for the replacement of current parking-lot spaces with landscaping.
The specific building project still needs to go through the BRA's public-hearing process, as does another proposal to add five stories to the college library.
The college also plans to lease part of its campus along Avenue Louis Pasteur to Brigham and Women's, which plans to use the land to build a 360,000-square foot research facility sometime over the next six to eight years. In 2000, the college leased another parcel on the street to Merck.
The Boston Fire Department reports heat from contractors taking apart old pipes in the basement of the Emmanuel College administration building traveled up five floors and set wooden flooring on fire around 2 p.m. today.
Nobody was injured in the fire in the 400 Fenway building, undergoing renovations, the department says, adding damage was estimated at $50,000.