Apparently, the Mayor likes plans for the massive development planned for a-top the Massachusetts Turnpike, near Fenway Park.
According to Banker & Tradesman:
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino has given the go-ahead for a $400 million residential and retail development over the Massachusetts Turnpike between Kenmore Square and Fenway Park.
I’ve looked at it and there’s been considerable improvement on the design since the last iteration,” Menino told Banker & Tradesman. “It’s a little smaller and it’s moving forward.”
The project has been named “One Kenmore”. It will cover 1.3 million square feet of space, most of it over the Mass Pike, near Brookline Ave and heading down the Pike toward Berklee College.
The Yawkey commuter rail station will get a complete overhall. A large parking garage will be built to replace the surface lots in the area, and to accommodate residents of the project’s condos (and Sox game-goers and hospital workers, as well).
Actually, the interesting part of the article was this:
Any project that gets built will require the support of Menino, who is known to make or break projects. Developers say privately that without the mayor’s support, the BRA, an independent agency, will not provide the approvals needed to build. For example, Menino withdrew support in December for a 22-story dorm that Suffolk University hoped to build on Beacon Hill. The project was opposed by the neighborhood.
But other opponents have not been so fortunate. Menino backed an over-55 retirement community geared toward gays and lesbians on Miner Street near Kenmore Square. Neighbors insisted that the developers heed the area’s 5-story building limit, but the BRA later approved a compromise at 7.5 stories, down from 9 stories. Meanwhile, opponents of Lovejoy Wharf – a 14-story project on North Washington St. – say they have been unable get the mayor’s ear.
Source: Hub Mayor Throws Support Behind One Kenmore Project – By Thomas Grillo, Banker & Tradesman
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