The Boston Globe | By Tim Logan
October 5, 2016
The long-stalled Fenway Center project is finally pushing forward in earnest. Part of it, anyway.
Developer John Rosenthal is set to hold a public meeting Wednesday night on the new plan for the five-building, mixed-use complex he has long envisioned above and along the Massachusetts Turnpike near Fenway Park. The meeting marks the start of formal review by the Boston Planning and Development Agency, with Rosenthal hoping to start construction next spring.
The project, envisioned to transform Kenmore Square, has been in the works for 14 years but has struggled to launch even amid Boston’s hot real estate market, largely due to the cost of financing a large deck above the Turnpike and a Commuter Rail line.
In June, Rosenthal and his development partner — Portland, Ore.-based Gerding Edlen — announced a plan to break it in two, starting with two apartment buildings on firm ground that could help finance the costly deck.