The Red Sox have joined the opposition to a proposed 340-foot tower at 2 Charlesgate West in Fenway. The reason? The franchise frets that the building will muddy fans’ views from Fenway Park (despite the tower being nearly 1,000 feet from the ballpark).
The Globe’s Tim Logan quotes a Red Sox executive worrying in a letter to the Boston Planning & Development Agency that the project will “significantly transform the iconic views of the city skyline that fans now enjoy. ...
We have strong concerns that this proposed project would create an unacceptably tall and impactful 29-story building in very close proximity to Fenway Park, and which might have significant negative impacts on the surrounding neighborhood as well as our historic ballpark itself.”
It’s not clear if the Sox’ stance will do anything to slow the tower’s development, though developer Trans National has encountered opposition from other quarters, mostly over the building’s potential shadows and effects on wind.
The long-proposed 344,000-square-foot tower would replace three buildings on a half-acre site, including one that Trans National owns. In its place would go a 29-story spire with 173 apartments and 122 condos as well as 7,500 square feet of office space.
Trans National would occupy all of that space. There are also plans for a 10,000-square-foot restaurant on the site as well as nearly 200 parking spaces.