Weston Associates Named Developer of 20 Somerset Street

6/30/2005

Working with Suffolk University, Weston's proposal includes a re-use of the land with construction of a multi-use facility comprised of housing, activity center and multiple ground floor uses. The proposal also includes a redesign of the public plaza located at the corner of Ashburton Place and Somerset Street, providing a much-improved pedestrian-friendly atmosphere.

“Weston Associates is pleased to work with Suffolk University on this exciting and innovative project,” said Mark Donahue, Vice President of Weston Associates. “We feel Suffolk University's recent expansion efforts have contributed to a more lively and vibrant atmosphere downtown and this proposal will continue that trend. We understand there is a lot of work to be done and look forward to working with representatives from the state, city, and local community to develop this property.”

“We believe on-campus housing provides a safe and convenient residential environment for our students, while decreasing the pressure put on the local housing market by students living off-campus,” said Suffolk University President David J. Sargent. “We look forward and are committed to working in an open and cooperative manner with all of our Beacon Hill neighbors during the public review process.”

Situated at the heart of Suffolk's campus, this proposed development is consistent with the University's Master Plan commitment to locating all expansion away from the more residential areas of Beacon Hill.

Suffolk University, located on Boston's historic Beacon Hill, with campuses in Madrid, Spain and Dakar, Senegal, is a comprehensive global institution distinguished by its teaching and the intellectual contributions of its faculty. Suffolk offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 areas of study. Its mission is to provide quality education at a reasonable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds, with strong emphasis on diversity. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of more than 8,300 full-time and part-time students at its Law School, College of Arts and Sciences and Sawyer Business School.

 

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