Work commences on $450m Fenway Center
Work has begun on the $13.5m expansion and redevelopment of Yawkey Station as part of a $450m project by developer John Rosenthal. Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Governor Deval L. Patrick were on hand to oversee the official groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, as plans for the first train station in Massachusetts to be run entirely on solar power (generated onsite) were put into action. It is thought that on completion the renewed station will provide the opportunity for upwards of 150 jobs.
Designs for the station redevelopment include an extension of the existing platform - enabling an additional 23 trains to call at the stop each hour - and a glass-framed head house. This reconstruction project is part of the larger Fenway Center project, which includes five separate buildings in total. These include a 700 space parking garage coated in solar panels, two seven-storey apartment buildings, a 10,000 sq ft organic grocery store, a ten storey office building and a 27 storey tower with ground floor retail stores, offices and 130 apartments. There are also plans for additional road networks to increase accessibility to the redeveloped Yawkey Station.
"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 Thomas M. Menino. "It will make travelling 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." The landscape architect for the Fenway Center project is Copley Wolff.