I believe the building was an auto dealership, as were several along Comm Ave. The building's been blocked up at least since I was there in 1970. It was, at the time, the obvious solution to creating office space on a road that was truly ugly, noisy (with T trains) and lacked any appeal except to rush up and down Comm Ave to classes. It was almost at the tail end of the campus since little was developed west of it until the west campus dorms were built, the sports field improved and the hockey rink built. The armory was still owned by the state and the area behind was undeveloped. West campus was considered back then "jock haven" and rather isolated from the rest of the campus.The opening of the ground floor windows at CFA was announced in 2007. In 2008 BU suspended all capital improvements due to the Great Recession. It has taken 11 years to get the project restarted.
There is already gallery space at 805 - as a part of the restoration of the facade the Stone Gallery at 805 will be renovated and visible from the street. There has also been major interior upgrades to the building over the last 10 years and that continues.^nice, thanks bdurden. Is it correct to assume that the gallery space that seems to be being removed in the renovations at 808 Comm. across the street will be replaced by gallery space here?
Overall, looks great! When combined with the sidewalk improvements in the area, this is quite the upgrade in walking experience along this stretch.
And the FY2020 tax bill was $803,648. The town will no doubt be keen to keep the property on the commercial tax rolls. Several of the BU-owned parcels on this side of Comm. Ave. are classified as partially exempt, partially commercial.That looks to be about three acres of land, more or less. Perhaps BU might develop it, and use lease income to help fund the university's operations. The current zoning is, if I am reading correctly, M1.5 and M 2.0, which has a max height limit of 50 feet.
The CVS has a nice facade. Hope they do something with the parking deck.Good. That parcel could use some sprucing up. Not sure what the CVS building was originally built for (a car showroom?) but that ugly parking garage and the converted gas station can go. Not sure what other academic buildings the school is looking to build at this point but a great opportunity to do something nice.