172 Tremont St. renovations still pending building permit approval

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By Ziqi Wang

The college has still not received a building permit to begin construction on The Commons at 172 Tremont St., according to a college official.

Margaret Ings, vice president for government and community relations, said in an email statement to the Beacon that the process for acquiring construction permits is taking longer than expected. Ings said this is a result of the “hundreds of building applications” the Boston Zoning Commission gets from numerous construction projects around Boston.

The Boston Zoning Commission approved the new use of the building a month ago on Sept. 12; however, the college is unable to start the $2 million interior renovations until they receive a building permit.

Ings did not have an estimate on when construction will be complete.

The new building will house organization offices and a cultural center and was previously slated to open in spring 2019. The Commons will also be the first building on campus to exclusively feature gender-neutral bathrooms. The Fitness Center will be relocated from its spot at 52 Summer St. to the Campus Center.

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Campus Center Director Joshua Hamlin said the Max Mutchnick Campus Center will not be closed for renovations until the completion of The Commons. He said the Campus Center will continue to house student organizations not only up until the move but also as organizations settle into the new facility.

“There won’t be any downtime,” Hamlin said.

Hamlin said an email update of the construction will be sent to all the organizations this weekend.