“could cost as much as $1,600 a month, would raise rents in the surrounding neighborhood”
This seems particularly tone deaf as so many students are really struggling due to the pandemic.
WHDH News reports:
Northeastern University draws ire from some over plans for luxury dorm
Northeastern University is getting some pushback on its plan to construct an 810-bed luxury dormitory on a Roxbury parking lot.
NU For the Common Good – an advocacy group of students and faculty- says the high-end dorms, which could cost as much as $1,600 a month, would raise rents in the surrounding neighborhood.
“It doesn’t really provide the incentive for students who may be living off-campus in Roxbury or Jamaica Plain or Mission Hill to move into one of this student housing,” Vanessa White said.
“We deserve to have in the city a place to live, where we work, where we go to school, where we can graduate and afford to live,” Casey Howard of Boston Socialist Alternative said. “Northeastern doesn’t need a luxury dorm.”
Attorney Henry Owens has sued on behalf of minority business owners and says that under a decades-old agreement with the state, it is up to the local business owners to decide how this piece of land is developed.
“We have the development rights, Northeastern can’t do it without our participation, and right now they have excluded us,” he said.
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