From the Sept 23-29 Boston Courant (emphasis mine):
If I recall correctly, Berklee is pretty much the only local college that can claim good relations with the surrounding community. Also, partnering with the Red Sox is wise: the Sox are looking for neighbors who are rowdy for the developments around the park. And anything that does air rights over the pike is dreamy in my book.Boston Courant said:Berklee College of Music plans to add 1,200 student beds, a new state of the art theater and one "iconic" building over the next 10 years according to preliminary plans unveiled Tuesday.
The development could include new student housing on the west end of Boylston Street near Fenway Park, partnership in an air rights project over the Massachusetts Turnpike and an expansion of the school's existing facilities at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Boylston Street.
[Berklee senior vice president of administration and finance David R.] Hornfischer said the college would be willing to partner with developers in that area, including the Red Sox.
"The Red Sox know us," Hornfischer said. "They see us as somewhat compatible businesses. They think we would be a positive neighbor."
Millenium Partners tried to develop those [air rights] parcels about 10 years ago ["Boylston Square"] but failed due to strong public opposition.
"We're not going to be the developer of choice or the lead developer," Hornfischer said. "But if someone needs to fill floors three, four, and five, we'd be interested." He added that the school has not been approached with a specific project.
Berklee's plan also includes a "state-pf-the-art" performance venue that would be larger than the 1,300-seat Berklee Performance Center, located at 136 Mass Ave., and "an iconic physical space that identifies Berklee as (the) world's leading college of contemporary music."
[Berklee President Roger H.] Brown promised an open process that would serve as a "prototype" for public input.