Burger King and McDonald’s may soon be taken out of the mix of Fenway-area food options. Owners are considering replacing the fast-food eateries, which seem almost as quintessentially connected to baseball as hot dogs and beer, with something distinctly more upscale. The property owner of the Burger King site is contemplating the development of a hotel with retail space. Plans for the McDonald’s site, owned by Abbey Group, are currently undisclosed.

The area around and between Fenway and Longwood Medical Area is slowly undergoing development to become what planners call a 24-hour “urban village” with spacious sidewalks, varied retail and restaurants, and possibly a hotel with condo residences. In 2004, the city implemented zoning changes to promote mixed-use development. In 2006, Trilogy, a luxury condo building, opened, and more recently the luxury residences and retail space at 1330 Boylston Street opened. The Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Boston Transportation Department are working to improve the pedestrian-friendliness of the area, as well as traffic flow.

Abbey Group, the new owner of the McDonald’s site, created the Landmark Center further down Brookline Street, which now houses big-name retailers, a movie theater, fitness club, and office space.

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Source: Ross, Casey. “Burger sellers on way out of new Fenway.” The Boston Globe. 14 May 2009. 19 May 2009

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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