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July 31, 2013

Classroom consolidation

Montserrat to move three spaces into one building

BEVERLY — The several-block walk is over for Montserrat College of Art students.

Montserrat is consolidating three of its downtown spaces into the former wealth management side of People’s United Bank at 248 Cabot St., according to a statement from the college.

In September, the Illustration and Liberal Arts departments will move into 36,000 square feet in the wealth management building, under a lease with Goldberg Properties. Jo Broderick, dean of college relations and special assistant to President Steve Immerman, said workers are presently fitting out the spaces to be occupied.

“We are happy to be more of a presence downtown,” Broderick said.

Under the agreement, the college will pay property taxes to Beverly to the tune of $36,000 a year, she said. The United Way of the North Shore and Beverly Main Streets will remain as tenants at 248 Cabot St.

The lease with Goldberg Properties will allow the college to consolidate six classrooms spread over three buildings under one roof. A number of faculty and staff offices will also be moved there.

“It’s just a whole compilation of little moves, along with the classrooms,” Broderick said.

Anna Schuleit Haber, the National Endowment for the Arts grant winner and designer of “The Beverly Oracle” public arts project, will have studio space as a visiting artist at Montserrat in this building, Broderick said. There will also be space for a student intern.

Beverly assessment records also list the building’s address as 246 Cabot St.

The college had been leasing space in a brightly painted storefront at 269 Cabot St., the former Sun Tan Studio next to the Atomic Cafe; a two-story building at 236-238 Cabot St. and a second-floor space in the Oddfellows Building at 194 Cabot St. It’s approximately two-tenths of a mile walk from 269 Cabot St. to 194 Cabot St.

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