Redevelopment News in the Fenway Area

If you have attended a game at Fenway Park this past season before the Red Sox won the 2013 World Series…
If you have taken the MBTA Green D line towards Riverside…
If you have visited a nearby college or hospital in the Longwood Medical area…
If you have enjoyed the mix of food options and shopping (the closest REI to the Boston-folk) at the Landmark Center…

…You may have noticed an enormous amount of recent redevelopment activity!

Read on to learn about all the excitement happening in the Fenway/Kenmore area:

The Landmark Center, also known as the old Sears Tower, was built in 1928. For almost 60 years, this building was the warehouse and distribution center for catalog merchandise for the Sears, Roebuck and Company. When the Sears distribution center closed in 1988, the building’s redevelopment was contemplated, and was even considered to be demolished completely. Finally, The Abbey Group contracted Bruner/Cott architectural firm to design and convert the building into a lucrative piece of real estate. Now, today, the Landmark Center is in the transition stages of being re-purposed once again, this time by Samuels and Associates, along with the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s support. READ MORE.

If you are interested in more details of the Landmark building, parking garage repurposing, and site plans, READ MORE.

Yawkey Station, a MBTA Commuter Rail stop on the Framingham/Worcester line has been under renovation since April 2012. It was expected to be completed by December 2013, however has had schedule adjustments and has not re-opened yet. READ MORE.

While walking down Boylston Street, you can’t help but notice a huge construction site with what is currently a narrow concrete structure, the beginning stages of a 11-story elevator shaft to one of 2 new buildings. The VanNess, which was started in 2010, has big plans- luxury apartments, offices, and retail shops, including a Target store. This is in place of the old Goodyear Tire and and a car wash behind Fenway Park. It isn’t a project to overlook; all $320 million of that development going on at 1325-1341 Boylston Street. READ MORE.

Next in the pipeline for the area is a new building with an attractive name: The Point. The triangular sky-blue painted brick building, where D’Angelo’s and Ace Ticket stands, will be rezoned and demolished. The Point will be built in the footprint, which proposes up to 25 floors of apartments, condos, and a retail marketplace. READ MORE.