The owners of Fenway Park have asked the National Park Service to establish Fenway Park and two other buildings as a historic district. Now, I’m no fool, so I won’t be telling you what I think they should do with Fenway Park (if I did, no one reading this would ever hire me as their real estate agent…).
There is an added benefit to asking for the designation. As mentioned in the article, below, if that area is considered an historic district, other developers looking to build in the area may be subject to restrictions on what they can build, and where.
A couple years ago, someone wanted to build a huge highrise right outside Kenmore Square, I think either where the parking garage is on Lansdowne Street (next to the Cask & Flagon) or at the location of the Sovereign Bank. The Red Sox were, how you say, against it, basically because the new building would tower over the left field wall, ruining the view of the Green Monster.
By getting the historic district designation, they might never have to worry about that, again.
By Chris Reidy, Boston Globe
The historic designation the Red Sox are seeking for Fenway Park could not only make them eligible for federal tax credits, but it could also raise the bar for developers trying to build projects nearby, preservationists said yesterday.
On application forms the Red Sox made available to the Globe, the team is asking the National Park Service to establish Fenway Park and two adjacent team-owned buildings as a historic district. One adjacent building is the Fenway Garage Co. building at 175 Ipswich St.
The other is the John B. Smith/Jeano Building, which is contiguous to and directly west of Fenway with original entrances on Brookline Avenue and currently houses the Red Sox ticket office and the restaurant Game On.
What the Red Sox want to do is have the three structures listed in the National Register of Historic Places, said Leslie Donovan, a preservation consultant advising the Red Sox.
If the team’s request is granted, Donovan said, ”it would establish a historic district” comprised of three buildings.
Complete article: Fenway Status may submit developers to more scrutiny
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