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Revision to Master Plan Calls for Demolition of Julie Hall Beginning This May

There’s a plan in the works to add Emmanuel College into the Boston skyline.

In a 2012 Institutional Master Plan, Emmanuel drafted a blueprint to drastically expand the Cardinal Cushing Library as well as Julie Hall. The new library will be five stories higher, feature extra seating, more classrooms, and a new lecture hall with 75 seats.

The existing Julie Hall will be taken down and replaced with a 17-story dormitory.

According to Emmanuel’s website, the plan would connect the Jean Yawkey Center with a new version of Julie Hall that includes a larger dining hall, a new fitness center, a commuter lounge, additional academic wings, study rooms, and the removal of most above-ground parking.

A 17-story Julie Hall as illustrated on Emmanuel’s website.

According to a recent article in the Boston Globe, Emmanuel treasurer Sister Anne Donovan said that Emmanuel is currently working on revising the plan to begin construction on Julie Hall very soon.

“If city approvals and fund-raising go smoothly, Emmanuel would demolish Julie Hall in May and open the new dormitory in 2018.” said Sr. Donovan to the Boston Globe.

Right now, Emmanuel is in the process of getting a permit with the Boston Redevelopment Authority. As far as the placement of students during this possible period of construction, it is unknown. Sr. Donovan was unable to comment further to The Hub at this time.

Updates on this story will follow.

Heather Alterisio ’17 is a Staff Writer for the Hub. She can be contacted at or on Twitter @HeathAlt.

Posted by on October 4, 2015. Filed under Around Campus. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.