1249 Boylston St.

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A Fenway commercial property added a major new tenant in Berklee School of Music, a neighborhood institution that’s had a rocky town-versus-gown relationship with residents and Boston officials.

Berklee leased nearly 39,000 square feet at 1249-1255 Boylston St., a 3-story office-retail building.

The transaction expands Berklee’s urban campus, which includes 25 buildings totaling over 1 million square feet in the Fenway and Back Bay owned by the college, and approximately 96,000 square feet of leased space, according to documents submitted to the Boston Planning & Development Agency.

Competition between local residents and Berklee’s off-campus population for housing has led to friction between the school and Boston officials in recent years.

In 2019, the college outbid Fenway Community Development Corp. for an apartment building in the Fenway, then merged with the Boston Conservatory and delayed submitting  an institutional master plan on its real estate strategy. The latest document submitted in 2022 did not mention plans for the 1249 Boylston St. property.

A BPDA spokesperson said Berklee notified the agency of the transaction and the agency’s legal team determined no amendments are required to the institutional master plan.

Berklee’s lease runs through 2040, according to a Suffolk County Registry of Deeds filing.

The owner of the Boylston Street property, Boston-based Samuels & Assoc, declined comment. Berklee spokeswoman Tory Donahue did not respond to requests for comment.

Editor’s note: This report has been updated with a statement from the BPDA.

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