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Throughout 2019 and 2020, Dartmouth leadership and Campus Services engaged the community in a rigorous process to create a master planning guide for developing our physical campus over the next 30 years. The resulting Planning for Possibilities: A Strategic Campus Framework provided the foundation for long-term campus planning. The framework contemplated including housing on Lyme Road, and this revised plan for apartment-style housing builds on that concept.
The project features three residential buildings, which will allow Dartmouth to meet an urgent need for high-quality, apartment-style living for undergraduate students and address the need to significantly update our existing undergraduate housing stock. The design builds in flexibility to convert to graduate and professional student housing in the future. Notably, the project has been relocated to the west side of Lyme Road on the grounds of the former golf course.
The project will include:
Current design contemplates both a stone-and-wood or a brick-and-panel exterior; this is one example of an area where community feedback could influence the final design.
Key principles from Planning for Possibilities helped define a holistic vision for the North End which includes residential, academics, and green spaces.
Dartmouth is actively engaged in the planning process and is in the midst of community engagement sessions designed to provide feedback on a number of topics. On a parallel track, there is a student engagement process underway that will provide student input on the challenges and opportunities associated with this North End apartment model.
In 2020, Dartmouth released Planning for Possibilities, a comprehensive study and master plan for the future of campus over the next 30 years. Organized into two parts, Enduring Framework provides a long-term structure to the preservation of and improvements to the campus and lands. Catalog of Options provides a set of opportunities to be further explored as needs arise.
Eight planning principles were developed through the engagement process for the development of Planning for Possibilities and support the continued work of all capital planning:
Learn more about Planning for Possibilities.
During July and August, Dartmouth hosted a series of meetings to engage in feedback and provide input to key areas of the design process for the North End. All meetings were available via Zoom for remote partipants and in-person.
The five topics include: