It seems like there are construction projects going up all around Boston. Nowhere is this more true than around Fenway Park, Kenmore Square, and Audubon Circle. In a few years, you won’t even recognize this neighborhood. This is Boston’s boomtown district, and we’ve got the rundown on the biggest projects happening now:
1. First up is Landmark Center, the massive limestone art deco building anchoring the neighborhood. You know it now for the Regal Cinemas, but the owner of the complex is hoping you’ll come for another reason, too: Boston’s first Wegman’s grocery store, opening in a couple of years and considered by many to be the world’s greatest supermarket.
2. Wegman’s isn’t the only big name store coming to the Fenway. This neighborhood is also getting downtown Boston’s first Target. Already under construction at 1325 Boylston Street, this big pit was responsible for some pretty rank sulfur smells in the spring and early summer this year. Thankfully, the smells are gone now.
3. Over on Brookline Ave., across from Game On and Cask ‘n Flagon, is the future site of the new Fenway Center, a $500-million megacenter that will cover portions of the Mass Pike with much-needed housing and even more retail and office space. Part of this project is the expansion of the Yawkey Station commuter rail stop, which is slated for completion this fall and will allow for dozens more trains to stop here every week.
4. Back on Boylston Street, there are two huge new towers in the works. Construction on 1282 Boylston Street’s 16-story tower started last month. This $305-million project builds on the site where a McDonald’s used to stand. The project will create 350 condos, an underground parking garage, as well as a community center for the neighborhood.
5. Down the street, next door to Fenway Health’s 10-story health center is the proposed home of an even larger 18-story tower at 1350 Boylston. This project is proving to be fairly controversial in the neighborhood, first because of issues with affordable housing and more recently because of issues with the height of the tower.
6. Last but not least is a new development project called “The Point,” at the site of the D’Angelo sub shop across the street from Landmark Center. This project, approved in July, is going to create a glass-and-stone “gateway” tower splitting Boylston Street and Brookline Ave., kind of like the Flatiron Building at Fifth Ave. and Broadway in Manhattan.