BU Law School Expansion to Get Public Hearing in November

October 23, 2012

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public meeting regarding a Back Bay project on Nov. 9th, discussing the licensing of Boston University’s proposed expansion of its law school.

The meeting will specifically discuss the School’s waterways (Chapter 91) license in regard to the project at 765 Commonwealth Ave.

BU plans to maintain the existing buildings on the site and construction a five-story addition of the School of Law.

The application also includes the maintenance of portions of the following buildings as well:

•the Mugar Memorial Library

•School of Law Tower

•Central Boiler Plant

•Pappas Law Library

The new addition will be a 93,525 sq. ft. building between the Mugar and the Tower. That addition is to expand the classroom, social and library space for the School of Law. All the buildings will be used for educational purposes and the application has been determined to be a nonwater-dependent use. The Chapter 91 license is necessary because the buildings are on filled tidelands.

The meeting will take place at 9:15 a.m. on Nov. 9th in the DEP offices, 1 Winter St., Boston. All written comment on the application before Nov. 21st will be considered.

Additional information regarding this application may be obtained by contacting the Waterways Regulation Program at (617) 556-1134. Project plans and documents for this application are on file with the Waterways Regulation Program for public viewing, by appointment only, at the address below.

Written comments must be addressed to: Andrea Langhauser at MassDEP Waterways Regulation Program, One Winter Street – 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02108 OR Andrea.Langhauser@state.ma.us.

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