MassDOT on Dec. 8 will install a sign at Commonwealth Avenue and Kenmore Street that tells motorists that Newport, Ore., is only 3,365 miles westward along U.S. 20. The route is the nation’s longest continuous road.
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.
One of the region's biggest stalled developments is the proposed 1.3 million-square-foot Fenway Center project where Brookline and Commonwealth avenues meet. Its developer says there's enough financing to commence construction this spring.
Boston is one of the few cities in North America where $900,000 is, yes, a lot of money, but not a lot of money for housing. Our latest Curbed Comparisons, which tracks homes currently for sale for around that amount, proves it.
The recent news that developer Related Beal had confirmed it was close to purchasing nine Kenmore buildings from Boston University, including the one that supports the iconic Citgo sign, had fans of the beacon breathing a sigh of relief. Not so fast.
Boston University appears to have found a taker for a suite of buildings in the Kenmore Square area that includes 660 Beacon Street, which the giant sign has bestrode since 1965. The tentative buyer is one of the city’s more prolific developers.
Boston University earlier this year hired a brokerage to sell the building that the lantern-like visage bestrides. Neither the building nor the 51-year-old sign are landmarked, which theoretically means a new owner could take down one or both.
The five-building complex in the Kenmore Square area has been on the drawing board for eons. Construction could now commence really soon on a 313-unit apartment phase. As for the part that would go over the Mass. Pike, that could still take a while.