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It’s still unclear whether Boylston Place, one of the quainter alleyways in Boston, will ultimately be developed.

But it looks like Emerson College is not going to be building what it originally wanted at Boylston Place:

Emerson College has scrapped plans for a 280-foot dorm building on Boylston Place after residents and the Boston Redevelopment Authority objected to the shadow the tower would cast on Boston Common.

“Our design department felt strongly about it,” said Susan Elsbree, a BRA spokeswoman. “It’s something people care and worry about.”

Instead, the BRA recommended a 171-foot building, throwing a wrench into the college’s plans.

Peggy Ings, Emerson’s associate vice president of government and community relations, said the owners of 4-6 Boylston Place balked at the change, saying the lower height did not make economic sense.

“They wanted it to be higher, as did the college,” but the BRA did not, Ings said.

Instead, Emerson will build a 171-foot dorm at 1-3 Boylston Place, property it already owns. The college also eliminated a dining hall and performance space in the building.

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Updated: January 2018

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