Image courtesy of Elkus Manfredi Architects.

Northeastern University and private dorm developer American Campus Communities are proposing to build a 26-story, 975-bed dorm tower for the school’s students for a 0.74-acre parking lot on the Roxbury side of the Ruggles Orange Line stop.

Elkus Manfredi has designed the building.

The project, currently called 840 Columbus Ave., would be ACC’s second dorm project in cooperation with Northeastern. The school and the developer recently wrapped up work on the 825-bed LightView residence hall a block north on Columbus Avenue. Unlike the LightView project, 840 Columbus would feature a 5-story podium containing 115,300 square feet of academic and office space. Plans filed with the Boston Planning & Development Authority show 8,600 square feet of amenities for the residential space, including a fitness center and an “academic success center” on the sixth floor.

According to a letter of intent for the project filed with the BPDA last week, the school plans to lease the 840 Columbus Ave. parcel to ACC, which will develop the entire building and own and operate the 21 residential stories and a 2,800-square-foot, ground-floor cafe. Northeastern will own and operate the remainder of the podium.

The new tower will help the university meet a 2013 commitment to add 1,000 new on-campus beds as part of the city’s overall goal of adding 18,500 on-campus student beds by 2030, The project notification form notes the building will replace 800 beds in 40- and 50-year old buildings the school wants to sell or ground lease for new housing development once the 840 Columbus tower is finished. The project is not linked to any plans to increase the school’s enrollment, the PNF states.

Northeastern, Dorm Developer Pitch 26-Story Roxbury Tower

by James Sanna time to read: 1 min