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Developers released updated plans for the 2 million-square-foot Fenway Corners project including new details on changes to the streets surrounding Fenway Park, and a reduction in retail space and the height of the tallest building.

The Boston Red Sox owners and WS Development are partnering with the owners of 5 acres of surrounding properties to build office and life science towers, 200 housing units and retail shops.

Developers said the project will retain the diverse architectural styles of the neighborhood while adding new public spaces making the area a magnet for visitors regardless of whether a Red Sox game is scheduled.

“Many ballparks around the country are surrounded by sports-focused developments, which is the opposite of what the Proponent envisions here, in the Fenway neighborhood. The project should feel like the neighborhood is enveloping the ballpark, and not that the ballpark is spreading its influence into the neighborhood,” the development team wrote in a project import report submitted to the Boston Planning & Development Agency.

The tallest commercial building at 73 Brookline Ave. will be reduced by 300 to 265 feet, developers said, and a retail building known as The Shed at 19 Jersey St. will be reduced from three stories to one with a new “signature public gathering space” located on the roof. The changes reduce the overall project by 50,000 square feet.

The bulk of the project remains devoted to office and lab space at 1.6 million square feet, while 200 residential units are planned. Developers have been meeting with community groups to refine their plans for the largest project in modern-day Fenway history.

Developers detailed their plans for 2 acres of public areas as part of the project:

Jersey Street Transformation: Jersey Street will be converted into a pedestrian plaza spanning 30,400 square feet hosting activities on non-game days.

Jersey Street Stoop: Amphitheater stairs will be built at the buildings across from the ballpark, providing an “urban oasis” and viewing area for acoustic musical performances and children’s activities.

Jersey Street Porch: A new second-story covered roof deck on the 19 Jersey St. retail building will overlook Jersey Street.

Arthur’s Alley: A new pedestrian and business service alley will connect Ross Way to Jersey Street.

Richard B. Ross Way Extension: Ross Way will be extended from Van Ness Street to Brookline Avenue as a two-way street designed to improve traffic conditions. At the southern end of Ross Way, a covered bicycle hub and e-bike charging station will be created to serve the entire project area.

Brookline Avenue Landing: At the corner of David Ortiz Way and Brookline Avenue, new widened sidewalks will be built to accommodate pedestrians and commuter rail passengers.

Lansdowne Overlook: A 2-story passthrough through the Lansdowne Street Building will provide public views of the Massachusetts Turnpike and Kenmore Square, while providing a pedestrian connection to a future development on the Massachusetts Turnpike air rights parcel 8. No development is currently proposed on the air rights parcel.

Developers also committed to provide up to 10,000 square feet for a day care center and early childhood education center with preference for neighborhood families, with the space available for nonprofits during evenings and weekends.

Red Sox, Developers Slim Down ‘Fenway Corners’ Designs

by Steve Adams time to read: 2 min
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