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The Huntington News

The independent student newspaper of Northeastern University

The Huntington News

The independent student newspaper of Northeastern University

The Huntington News

Ell Hall in the present day.

Northeastern, then and now: A look back at the development of the Boston campus

Heidi Ho, photo correspondent June 27, 2024

Northeastern's ever-growing Boston campus started out small. The school, founded in 1898, began teaching classes out of the YMCA of Greater Boston on Huntington Avenue. More than 125 years later, the campus occupies 67 acres of land, rapidly expanding over the last several...

A rendering of the proposed building that will be a part of the Roux Institute. Northeastern’s plan to expand the Roux Institute using the former B&M Baked Beans Factory was approved by the Portland Planning Board June 11. Photo courtesy Portland Planning Board.

Northeastern’s Roux Institute expands into former baked beans factory

Val O’Neill, managing editor June 25, 2024

For Northeastern, Beantown just keeps on growing. This time — to a former baked beans factory.  The Portland Planning Board approved June 11 the university’s plan to expand its Maine-based graduate campus and research facility, the Roux Institute, into the old B&M...

A rendering of the proposed building that would replace Matthews Arena. Northeastern released its institutional master plan for the next decade June 14. Photo courtesy BPDA.

Northeastern released its institutional master plan for the next decade. Here’s a breakdown.

Emily Spatz, campus editor June 19, 2024

On June 14, Northeastern released a development plan for its Boston campus that spans the next decade, outlining its intent to demolish and replace Matthews Arena and build and renovate dozens of other academic buildings and dormitories.  The university sent a notification...

The entrance to Matthews Arena. Northeastern sent a letter to the BPDA May 29 outlining plans to replace Matthews Arena with a new athletic facility.

Northeastern files official plans to replace historic Matthews Arena

Amelia Ballingall, news staff June 4, 2024

Northeastern recently filed plans with Boston’s urban planning agency to officially replace Matthews Arena, the university's 114-year-old arena, with a new multi-purpose athletic facility. In a letter of intent sent to the Boston Planning & Development Agency, or BPDA,...

A sign that reads, Snell Library Entrance points students to the side entrance of Snell Library during the temporary closing of the front entrance. It was announced to Boston campus students through an email May 17 that Snells front entrance will reopen May 20, after which the side entrance will close until library renovations are complete in the fall. File photo by Quillan Anderson.

Newly renovated front entrance of Snell Library to open Monday, university says

Zoe MacDiarmid, news staff May 18, 2024

The front entrance of Snell Library, which has been closed since July 2023, will reopen to students Monday, May 20 at 8 a.m., Dean of the Library Dan Cohen announced in an email to the Boston campus community May 17. For the night before its opening — Sunday, May 19 at 6 p.m....

A rendering of the proposed residential hall at 840 Columbus Ave. shows the building facing Tremont Street. The BPDA approved Northeasterns plan to construct the building March 14. Photo courtesy BPDA.

Northeastern receives go-ahead to build 1,370-bed residence hall on Columbus Avenue

Sonel Cutler, news staff March 19, 2024

Northeastern received approval Thursday from Boston’s development board to construct a 23-story residence hall at 840 Columbus Ave, a critical hurdle that has taken years for the university to clear amid concerns the building would contribute to gentrification in Roxbury neighborhoods.  The...

The exterior of 716 Columbus Ave. Northeastern proposed a plan Jan. 4 to renovate several floors of the building, including improvements to the basement and the first, second, fourth and fifth floors.

Northeastern plan to renovate 716 Columbus Ave. approved by Boston development board

Val O’Neill, deputy campus editor March 18, 2024

A university plan to renovate several floors of 716 Columbus Ave. was approved March 14 by the Boston Planning and Development Agency, or BPDA, according to a memorandum issued by the board. The renovations will include improvements to the basement and the first, second, fourth...

The Sheraton Boston Hotel stands at 39 Dalton St. The BPDA recently approved plans to convert 426 rooms into student housing.

Boston development board approves 856-bed Sheraton student residence conversion

Sonel Cutler, news staff January 29, 2024

Boston’s real estate development agency approved earlier this month Northeastern’s proposal to permanently convert 426 rooms in the Sheraton Boston Hotel, also referred to as 39 Dalton St., into student housing, clearing a critical hurdle needed to officially begin the transformation. The...

A 3D model map shows Northeasterns Boston campus. Growth was identified as a major desire for the university, with space limitations identified as an issue.

Students weigh in on future transformation of Northeastern’s Boston campus

Sonel Cutler, campus editor September 29, 2023

More accessible green spaces, more physical spaces for marginalized groups and more campus recreational spaces were among many of the suggestions for changes to Northeastern’s Boston campus students shared Wednesday at a campus forum hosted by Northeastern’s Department of...

A rendering of the front of the 39 Dalton St residence included in the project fact sheet submitted to the BPDA Aug. 17 from the buildings owners. The updated residence hall includes a dedicated student entrance. Photo courtesy BPDA.

New documents reveal further plans for undergraduate housing in rented Sheraton Boston hotel

Sonel Cutler, campus editor August 26, 2023

Northeastern’s plan to permanently transform 428 rooms in the Sheraton Boston hotel into undergraduate housing for an estimated 854 students is continuing to take shape.  Dubbed the “Belvidere Street Student Housing Project,” the Sheraton, located at 39 Dalton St.,...

A virtual rendering of the proposed renovations to Snell Library was shared at the Oct. 19 faculty senate meeting. These renovations are slated to take place over the course of the next few years. Photo courtesy of David Madigan.

Snell dean says fourth floor will reopen in fall, updates students on two-year library renovation

Sonel Cutler, campus editor April 19, 2023

The Snell Library Renovation Project, an ongoing makeover of Northeastern’s sole undergraduate library scheduled to take place over the course of two years, is expected to complete renovations on the fourth floor by the start of the Fall 2023 semester, according to a school-wide...

The owners of the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Copley Square will soon file detailed plans to permanently convert the the 428-room south tower into a dormitory with room for about 854 students.

Northeastern to become permanent tenant at Sheraton Boston Hotel, converting 428 rooms into dorms

Sonel Cutler, campus editor April 11, 2023

Northeastern is expected to permanently convert a section of the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Copley Square into undergraduate housing for about 854 students, according to a Universal Hub story Tuesday. Often seen as overflow housing for a university struggling with a housing...