Construction Begins to Bring New Life to Fenway Area
Nov 2010 23

Mayor Thomas Menino and Governor Deval Patrick met Monday to break ground on the new Yawkey Commuter Rail Station reconstruction project, the public transportation aspect of the Fenway Center development project.  The Fenway Center development project has been cited to be one of the best things that will have happened to the Fenway area since Fenway Park.  Yawkey Station is just the beginning and Mayor Menino expects more great things to come.

The $450 million Fenway Center development project will include more than 330 apartments, 370,000 square feet of office space, 150,000 square feet of retail space, more than 30,000 square feet of park space, and over 1,000 parking spaces.  In addition, as part of the new development, Yawkey Station is to be built into a full-service commuter rail station with full-length accessible station platforms providing access from Beacon Street and Brookline Avenue.

The station construction, which commenced today and is slated to be completed in the Spring of 2012, is expected to create 150-200 jobs to the area, a bit of fresh air to an area that has seen construction halted in the recent years.  Additionally, it is expected to increase accessibility to the area, as well as reduce vehicle traffic which has become and continues to be an increasing problem in the area.

“The new Yawkey Station is going to bring real benefits to our city and improve how people access the Fenway and Longwood Medical Area,” said Mayor Menino. “It will make traveling to and from this area easier and ease traffic on city streets while also putting 200 people back to work through the construction. Separately, the new station signifies the beginning of the larger Fenway Center project, which will significantly transform the public realm between Kenmore Square, Fenway and the Audubon Circle with the creation of a number of new amenities including retail space, housing, and new green space.”

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