Large construction project to get underway near Kenmore Square
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Construction begins next summer on a $500-million project across from Fenway Park that will replace a non-descript parking lot and aging commuter-rail station with new housing and offices - some built on a deck across the turnpike - and a large new train station, developer John Rosenthal and city and state officials said today.
Fenway Center will feature 300 new apartments, new offices and shops and the state's largest solar generating station, officials said at a brief ceremony at the Yawkey commuter-rail stop this afternoon. The state will spend $24.5 million for a new commuter-rail station and new roads - including an extension of Yawkey Way across Brookline Avenue. Rosenthal and his partners - the Red Sox - will pay the rest, including a 99-year, $300-million lease for rights to build atop the turnpike. Rosenthal emphasized he has financing in place to begin the work.
Rosenthal and outgoing Transportation Secretary James Aloisi said the complex deal - which also involved a consortium of Longwood Medical Area hospitals, the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust - is an example of how the state is finally on the right track for innovative re-use of land and air rights along the turnpike. The project is expected to generate 1,800 construction jobs and will allow for more train service.
Marilyn Swartz-Lloyd, president of the Medical Academic and Scientific Community Organization, which provides services to Longwood facilities, said the new station will help ensure the medical area's ever expanding workforce has a way to get to work.
The new train station is scheduled for completion by 2011, followed two years later by 200 units of housing (20% designated as "affordable"), a 700-car garage and shops. Once that's done, builders will construct more shops, office space and 130 additional housing units by 2015.