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[gallery] Central to Fenway is the Emerald Necklace, a system of parks that wind through the city and was a result of a plan to reshape the Charles River basin, primarily in the mud flats between Brookline and Boston. Over the years as Boston developed and the use of automobiles grew, sections of the necklace have been redesigned, and salt water no longer reaches the Fens, but many of the broad, arching bridges that aim to keep with Olmsteads initial vision remain. One of the largest neighborhoods of the city, the Fenway neighborhood is the bustling area that many of the local universities and colleges call home. Northeastern University, Boston University, Emerson College, Simmons, Wheelock College, Mass College of Pharmacy, the Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory of Music, Massachusetts College of Art and Wentworth Institute of Technology, are all or at least partially located in the Fenway/Kenmore area. With such an eclectic group of students in the area, Fenway and Kenmore Square offer many diversions and entertainment options. Behind the home of the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park, are the clubs of Landsdowne Street. Along some of the other main streets which include Brookline Avenue, Beacon Street, Boylston Street, and Huntington Avenue, there are many shops and restaurants. Located in the southwest corner of Fenway is the Longwood Medical Area. Longwood is home to some of the leading hospitals in the world, including The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital and The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. For art lovers, Fenway is also the location of The Museum of Fine Arts and the beautiful flower-filled courtyard of the Isabella Stuart Gardiner Museum. Further east towards Downtown Boston is Symphony Hall, home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops.

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Fenway Center Development

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Since 2007, plans have been in the works for a major development project near Fenway Park. The Fenway Center is a 1.3 million square-foot development project that would be constructed in the open space above the Massachusetts Pike.

In 2014, the newly elected Mayor of Boston, Martin Walsh, was able to negotiate a $4 million tax break as an incentive for the developers of the project to move forward. If constructed, the project would stretch across an 8-lane highway and a commuter rail, making it the first Mass. Pike air-rights development since the 1980s. The Walsh administration has pointed out to skeptics of the tax break that the project will create up to 1,800 construction jobs and raise millions of dollars in yearly tax revenue from a currently non-utilized space.

The mixed-use development will be comprised of apartments, retail stores, restaurants and a parking garage. At the heart of the development will be a 27-story tower that will house new luxury apartments. According to the Boston Globe, the complex will contain up to 550 new apartments and over 1,200 new parking spaces.

Residents of the new development will be conveniently located between the Fenway District and Kenmore Square. Known as the Cathedral of Boston, Fenway Park is one of the oldest ballparks in the country and is surrounded by a neighborhood of shops, restaurants and sports bars. Many of the new apartments will feature views of the ballpark and quick access to one of Bostons top nightlife districts.

The development will also be located next to the recently built Yawkey Commuter Rail Station, giving residents immediate access to public transportation. Once completed, much of the new space will be powered by solar energy making it one of Bostons most environment-friendly developments.

For more information please see:

Link 1: https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/04/17/bra-approves-million-tax-break-for-fenway-center-development/bzOlFtjGm1H8RXAyRE9KiN/story.html

Link 2: http://businessfacilities.com/2013/07/bostons-new-fenway-center-development-to-begin-construction/

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Landmark Center

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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

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Commonwealth Avenue Redevelopment

St._Paul_Street_MBTA_station,_Boston_MAA major redevelopment plan has been approved for one of Bostons busiest streets, Commonwealth Avenue. The redevelopment is expected to have positive implications for the thousands of people who live near by and the many people who commute to work downtown.

Starting at the Boston Public Garden, Commonwealth Ave. is a massive street that goes from the center of Boston all the way to Boston College at the edge of the city. This street serves as a major transportation conduit with large sidewalks for pedestrians, bike lanes and many bus line stops. Furthermore, the entire B branch of the Green Line runs along the street from beginning to end.

Over a mile of Commonwealth Ave. is flanked by Boston University. The portion of the street running from Kenmore Square to the BU Bridge was redeveloped several years ago and is adorned with benches, trees, fine landscaping and modern iron street lamps. From the BU Bridge to Boston College, Commonwealth Ave. is a very poorly maintained streetscape with cracked sidewalks, broken curbs and outdated cement street lamps. Soon that will all change.

The plan to redevelop the rest of Commonwealth Ave. from the BU Bridge and onward will be broken up into three phases to minimize disruption as much as possible. When completed, the street will be completely repaved and adorned with new sidewalks, landscaping and benches for people to sit. The old cement street lamps will be replaced with the modern iron street lamps, which will help foster a more consistent look for the street. Aside from aesthetic improvements, some of the above-ground stops on the B line will be reconstructed to be more accessible to the elderly and handicapped.

While all of these changes have received full support from the community, the planning process has been held up over the new layout of the street. Several organizations including BU Bikes and Boston Cyclist Union have been advocating for additional protections to make the biking on Commonwealth Ave. safer. With several of the safety measures now approved, construction is scheduled to start this summer.

For more information please see:

http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2014/08/27/boston-commonwealth-ave-reconstruction-plans-phase-2a-boston-transportation-department/

http://www.bu.edu/today/2015/barriers-cyclists-comm-ave/

http://keepbostonmoving.org/portfolio/commonwealth-avenue-phase-3-and-4/

Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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