Fisher College’s Proposed Institutional Master Plan Historic Pages
Fisher College’s Proposed Institutional Master Plan
On March 2, 2015, the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay (NABB) submitted a letter to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) reiterating the basic principles delineated in several letters and other communications to Fisher College that NABB believes are essential for the development by the college of an Institutional Master Plan (IMP) based on the standards of review defined in Article 80D, the long standing precepts of zoning policy, and the testimony of residents and abutters at the several public meetings and in the many letters sent to the BRA. Click on the following links to read both the letter and its attachments. We hope this general material serves as a guide to Fisher College to facilitate the school’s planning process in the development of a workable IMP while discussions proceed with a representative group of abutters and residents on the development of a good neighbor agreement.
On September 9, 2013, the Boston Redvelopment Authority (“BRA”) issued its Scoping Determination for Fisher College’s proposed Institutional Master Plan. Earlier in the year, Fisher College had submitted its Institutional Master Plan Notification Form (IMPNF) with the BRA describing how it plans to expand its presence in the Back Bay residential historical district over the next ten years. According to its IMPNF, Fisher’s plan was to:
- add 300 students to its enrollment,
- add 177 new dormitory beds on the Arlington-Berkeley Street block of Beacon Street in addition to the 289 dormitory beds already on that block,
- add a two-story rear addition to 118 Beacon Street and a roof terrace behind 104-114 Beacon Street, and
- change the presently allowed use of the building it recently acquired at 10/11 Arlington Street so that it can move its administrative offices there from 116 Beacon Street (which would enable Fisher to add 23 of the 177 proposed new dormitory beds on that block of Beacon Street).
On August 13, 2013, Fisher College wrote a letter to the BRA announcing that it was changing a portion of its plans in response to the volume of letters it had received in opposition to it. Click here to read that letter. You can read all of the comments received by the BRA regarding Fisher College’s IMPNF by clicking here. You can read all of NABB’s position statements on the IMPNF by scrolling down this page.
A description of the Institutional Master Plan review process can be found on pages 15-17 of A Citizen’s Guide to Development Review under Article 80 of the Boston Zoning Code.
During the Article 80 process it is always crucial that everyone interested in and affected by this proposal take part in the public process. At the time, we urged members to write to the BRA, to attend any and all meetings, and to bring your friends and neighbors. Please copy any correspondence to NABB at firstname.lastname@example.org with Fisher IMP in the subject line. We will be happy to keep you abreast of developments as they arise.
Read NABB’s numerous position statements on Fisher’s IMPNF by clicking on the links below:
- The Executive Summary of NABB’s response to Fisher College’s proposed Institutional Master Plan, which NABB submitted to the BRA on June 7, 2013, or NABB’s Response itself, including its three sets of attachments, Attachments 1-3, Attachment 4, and Attachments 5-9.
- NABB’s June 26, 2013 letter to the BRA regarding the BRA’s Standards for Review of proposed Institutional Master Plans.
- NABB’s June 22, 2013 letters regarding Fisher College’s proposed Carriage House addition and proposed change of use for the property at 10-11 Arlington Street.
- The July 2, 2013 Position Statement of NABB’s Archictecture Committee opposing Fisher College’s proposed two-story addition at 118 Beacon Street.
- The July 17, 2013 Position Statement of NABB’s Development and Transportation Committee opposing Fisher College’s IMPNF.
- NABB’s July 26, 2013 letter regarding Fisher College’s noncompliant signage.
- NABB’s August 1, 2013 letter asking that Fisher College be required to develop an Institutional Master Plan for all of its expansion to be outside the Back Bay residential historic district.
- NABB Chairman Howard Kassler’s Position Statement that was given at the June 26, 2013 public meeting that was held on Fisher’s IMPNF.
- NABB Architecture Committee Co-Chair Susan Prindle’s Position Statement that was given at the June 26, 2013 public meeting that was held on Fisher’s IMPNF.