The Boston Redevelopment Authority has approved a major redevelopment for the Landmark Center. Located near Fenway Park, the new plan will transform the shopping center from a neighborhood enclave to an iconic residential and commercial destination.
Built in 1928, the Landmark Centers iconic Art Deco style architecture stands apart from most of the much older and traditional looking brick buildings around Boston. Art Deco became popular during the 1930s and 1940s. Therefore, this style of architecture is much more prevalent in cities that were rapidly expanding during those time periods such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
The Landmark Center was vacant for many years before it was originally developed into a shopping center in 2000. Its strategic location near a major intersection and iconic look have contributed to its success over the past 15 years. Developers will build off of this success with a major expansion and redevelopment.
According to the plan, three new residential buildings will hold over 500 new apartments. The massive 1,400-space parking garage will be demolished and rebuilt underground to make space for the new buildings. On top of the 100,000 square-feet of new retail space that will be created, there will be a modern food hall that will feature outdoor seating. The food hall will be anchored by a 75,000 square-foot supermarket that will serve the entire neighborhood and surrounding area. The cramped parking lot that currently spans the front of the building will be replaced by a new landscaped park that will integrate pedestrian-friendly access to the shopping center.
The plan will preserve the architecture of the original building, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. So far, this project has garnered a lot of positive support.
For more information please see:
Link 1: http://www.weinerventures.com/project/landmark-center
Link 2: http://www.bostonredevelopmentauthority.org/projects/development-projects/landmark-center-2013
Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties