Great news out of the Combat Zone Downtown Crossing Ladder District.

According to the Globe:

The Modern Theatre (sic) on Washington Street, where movies with sound were first shown in Boston, is going to become student housing for Suffolk University.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority yesterday approved Suffolk’s plan for a $35 million renovation that will preserve the Modern’s distinctive High Victorian and Gothic facade with its arching entrance, while erecting a modern 12-story tower with 180 to 200 beds above.

This is a great re-use of space!

Suffolk University, of course, recently purchased the Ten West condominium development, under construction on West Street (natch), and unveiled plans to turn it into dormitory space for its students.

Added to other recent purchases, Suffolk will soon house 16% of its students on campus.

I think this is wonderful news. I think having Suffolk University (and Emerson College down the street, and the Urban College, around the corner) brings a vitality and life to an otherwise moribund area.

I hope they build more housing down there.

Just as important, I can’t believe someone’s going to finally renovate the Modern Theater! I never thought it would happen – I wanted it torn down. Actually, I still want it torn down. But, whatever. As long as something useful goes in there, I’m happy.

Source: Modern Theatre, long vacant, to house students – By Thomas C Palmer, Jr, The Boston Globe

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Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs



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For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.

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