Arboretum development is underway

Post date: Oct 27, 2008 2:09:18 AM

Harvard is constructing a 43,000-square-foot botany lab near the wetlands (bordered by Centre, Weld, and Walter Streets and the rear of Hebrew Senior Life). More than half of the site will be off limits to development until the year 2882, when the arboretum’s lease with the city expires, to provide a buffer zone between the institutions on Centre Street and nearby residential areas. This concession was made by Harvard after months of dialogue with neighbors and elected officials. Updates on the progress of the project are available at