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Boston Zoning Commission Okays 1.7M-SF Mixed-Use Near Longwood Medical Area

Longwood Place, a mixed-use development master plan designed by Sasaki and directed by Skanska USA Commercial Development, has been approved by the Boston Zoning Commission, following the Boston Planning and Development Agency’s approval earlier this year. The 1.7-million-square-foot development will bring new laboratory, office, housing, retail and community space to 5.8 acres currently occupied by Simmons University’s residential campus. 

“The Longwood Place master plan integrates a bold architectural approach with a strong, connective landscape to create a robust public realm welcoming to all,” said Sasaki senior associate architect Meredith McCarthy, the project manager for the two-year effort.  

Once the school completes its multiphase One Simmons campus consolidation plan, the new development will transform the parcel into a mixed-use gateway to Longwood Medical Area. The neighborhood has long been home to academic and healthcare institutions but lacks adequate public space and connections to surrounding Boston neighborhoods, according to Sasaki. 


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