Lesley U. Assimilates EDS Buildings

Marc Levy writes for Cambridge Day:

Lesley University has purchased the remaining 4.4 acres of the Episcopal Divinity School property near Harvard Square, including five historic buildings and the remaining half of a library that the university had shared with the divinity school, it was announced Wednesday.

A comprehensive campus plan will be developed to support the university’s 10-year strategic vision, called Lesley 2030, and guide a phased approach to planning for the university’s entire Cambridge campus, officials said.

A purchase price was not given Wednesday; the school noted that full ownership of the entire eight-acre Brattle Campus was the first major capital expenditure since the university opened the Lunder Arts Center in Porter Square, as well as the largest investment in its Brattle neighborhood since 2008, when Lesley and the Episcopal Divinity School entered a condominium agreement of joint ownership of the Brattle Campus grounds.

… A spokeswoman for the Episcopal Divinity School at Union, as the divinity school is known since its merger with the Union Theological Seminary, said Dean Kelly Brown Douglas was flying Wednesday and unavailable for comment.

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