Northeastern University opens LightView student living community in US

WCN Editorial Team 11 Sep 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Northeastern University, the City of Boston and American Campus Communities have opened the LightView student living community in Boston, Massachusetts in the US.

Located at 744 Columbus Avenue adjacent to the south-eastern border of Northeastern’s campus, the new 20-storey residential tower offers a live-learn environment for students.

The 825-bed facility will also help in freeing up housing required for the local community workforce.

The opening marks a key milestone for the “Housing A Changing City: Boston 2030” initiative, which aims to enhance the quality and quantity of students housing.

American Campus Communities CEO Bill Bayless said: “As the very first developer-led, equity financed student housing project in the city of Boston, we are grateful to Northeastern and the City for choosing us to be their trusted partner to deliver on what we do best, providing a community where students love living.

“This winning partnership between Northeastern, the City and ACC has resulted in providing this year’s incoming students and those for years to come with our best living-learning community to date.”

The community features about 12,000ft² of interior amenity and common area space, including social and recreational lounges, a fitness centre, a 24-hour Academic Success Center, and 2,000ft² of retail space.

Northeastern campus planning vice-president Kathy Spiegelman said: “This innovative financing model allows Northeastern to preserve significant funds that can be directed to our core mission of teaching and research, while allowing ACC to focus on offering students a residential experience conducive to academic, professional, and personal success.

“We are grateful to Mayor Walsh for his leadership, and we look forward to collaborating with the city on additional projects that will add even more vitality to the Columbus Avenue corridor.”

Fully-leased nine months before opening, the new student-focused community is claimed to offer better value compared to other housing options in the area.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said: “This new residence hall is helping us meet the needs of Boston’s students while freeing up more housing for the surrounding neighborhoods.

“We hope this collaboration can serve as a model for more projects in the future. Through commitments like this one, I know that we will achieve our housing goals for 2030 and beyond.”

Architectural firms CUBE 3 and Elkus Manfredi Architects partnered to design the sustainable community.

Image: Officials from American Campus Communities among others during the opening on new student housing. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.

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