Demolition Of More Is First House Domino
The Clearing Of More Hall Will Set Off A Series Of Long-Awaited And Much-Needed Building Projects
Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 19, 2013 00:09
Boston College has announced that, after final permits are approved by the City of Boston, construction on the current site of More Hall will begin with the building’s demolition at the end of this academic year. Once the existing structure has been torn down, the University will erect a large residence hall on the site, with 40 percent more square footage than Stokes Hall. The proposed building will house around 500 students in four- and six-person full-kitchen apartments, and will also house the University Health Services (UHS) clinic and infirmary.
It is encouraging to hear that construction will begin soon, as this is the first in a series of steps for the University’s long-term plan. Once the new building is completed, Edmond’s Hall can be demolished and replaced with a new recreation center, which will subsequently allow the Plex to be demolished and replaced with a student center.
More Hall, which has been vacant since May of 2012, has long been slated for demolition. Setbacks in obtaining building permits from the City of Boston, however, have delayed the project and those that will follow. While the projects to follow More Hall construction will also require their own permits and undoubtedly will take many years to begin, much less complete, construction on the site of More Hall is a welcome step toward improving campus housing options in the long-term.
The University has long stated that its goal is to have four years of on-campus housing for 100 percent of students who want it. This goal, which will serve both to provide students with a greater connection to BC during their four years and to improve the University’s relationship with its off-campus neighbors, is far from complete—the new residence hall will only add around 500 beds, while demolishing Edmond’s Hall will remove more than 700 beds.
The new construction project, however, is part of an encouraging plan that will hopefully result in more high-quality housing options for students in the years to come. This new residence hall will certainly be a welcome replacement for Edmond’s Hall, which was first occupied nearly 40 years ago and is long past due for demolition.
Although moving UHS to Lower Campus will make the clinic less accessible to students during their day to day hours, state-of-the-art facilities and more beds are both necessary upgrades for UHS that this new building will be able to provide. With technological upgrades and additional space, the new clinic on the site of More Hall will be able to serve students more effectively and be easier to access for ambulances.
If all goes according to plan, the building will be placed into the normal housing selection process for fall 2016 housing selection, a welcome shift in housing dynamics and a sign of improving options for on-campus BC students.