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Big projects planned for above the Massachusetts Turnpike

At least 723 apartments and condos in the mix

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At least five major developments are planned or proposed for above and around the Massachusetts Turnpike, a level of construction around the artery not seen since the Big Dig more than 10 years ago, if not the High Spine's birth in the 1960s.

These projects include the long-stalled Fenway Center, which might finally start construction early next year, and the Viola, an S-shaped development that also involves a new Hynes Green Line station. There are also plans afoot to fill in the last two of Back Bay's so-called dead zones around the Pike.

The construction would add at least 723 apartments and condos total, if not significantly more, as well as features such as a hotel and retail space.

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1. Fenway Center

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Commonwealth Avenue & Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02215

Construction on the first phase of this five-building, 1,300,000-square-foot project could start in the spring of 2017. That phase would include 313 of the approximately 550 residences planned for Fenway Center.

2. The Viola

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Plans call for an 11-story, S-shaped building dubbed the Viola after the nearby Berklee College of Music. The project will encompass the Hynes Green Line station. Above will be 173 apartments and condos (roughly half and half); a four-star, 156-room hotel; 26,000 square feet of retail space; and two public plazas. The state will use rent from the developer, the Peebles Corp., to seriously upgrade the T station. Peebles hopes to start construction in 2019.

3. Columbus Center

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101 Clarendon St
Boston, MA 02116

At least two unspecified developers want to take another crack at Columbus Center, the original plan for which collapsed in 2010 due to local opposition and financing challenges (including the formidable task of building over the Pike). That plan included a 35-story tower built on decks over the highway.

4. Parcel 12

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Developers Adam Weiner and Steve Samuels want to construct a mid-rise building on this parcel, the air rights to which they bought from the state in 2013. The pair had originally planned a single tower of about 400 feet using these air rights and those of a nearby plot that they also acquired from the state. Per Tim Logan in the Globe, Weiner and Samuels recently decided to expand the project into a multi-building plan over the two sites.

5. Parcel 15

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Dalton St
Boston, MA

Developers Adam Weiner and Steve Samuels want to build a 559-foot condo building and a 24-story apartment building on this site, the air rights to which they bought from the state in 2013. The pair had originally planned a single tower of about 400 feet using these air rights and those of a nearby plot that they also acquired from the state. Per Tim Logan in the Globe, Weiner and Samuels recently decided to expand the project into a multi-building plan over the two sites.

1. Fenway Center

Commonwealth Avenue & Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Construction on the first phase of this five-building, 1,300,000-square-foot project could start in the spring of 2017. That phase would include 313 of the approximately 550 residences planned for Fenway Center.

Commonwealth Avenue & Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02215

2. The Viola

Massachusetts Ave, Massachusetts

Plans call for an 11-story, S-shaped building dubbed the Viola after the nearby Berklee College of Music. The project will encompass the Hynes Green Line station. Above will be 173 apartments and condos (roughly half and half); a four-star, 156-room hotel; 26,000 square feet of retail space; and two public plazas. The state will use rent from the developer, the Peebles Corp., to seriously upgrade the T station. Peebles hopes to start construction in 2019.

3. Columbus Center

101 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116

At least two unspecified developers want to take another crack at Columbus Center, the original plan for which collapsed in 2010 due to local opposition and financing challenges (including the formidable task of building over the Pike). That plan included a 35-story tower built on decks over the highway.

101 Clarendon St
Boston, MA 02116

4. Parcel 12

Massachusetts Ave, Massachusetts

Developers Adam Weiner and Steve Samuels want to construct a mid-rise building on this parcel, the air rights to which they bought from the state in 2013. The pair had originally planned a single tower of about 400 feet using these air rights and those of a nearby plot that they also acquired from the state. Per Tim Logan in the Globe, Weiner and Samuels recently decided to expand the project into a multi-building plan over the two sites.

5. Parcel 15

Dalton St, Boston, MA

Developers Adam Weiner and Steve Samuels want to build a 559-foot condo building and a 24-story apartment building on this site, the air rights to which they bought from the state in 2013. The pair had originally planned a single tower of about 400 feet using these air rights and those of a nearby plot that they also acquired from the state. Per Tim Logan in the Globe, Weiner and Samuels recently decided to expand the project into a multi-building plan over the two sites.

Dalton St
Boston, MA