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Developer looks to put 300-unit residential tower at Charlesgate end of Fenway

Proposed Fenway apartment tower

Architect's rendering.

Trans National Properties is looking to replace a small office building it owns, where Charlesgate turns from the Bowker overpass onto Boylston Street, with a $250-million apartment and condo tower overlooking the Fens, the Muddy River and Fenway Park.

The company has not yet filed anything with the BRA, but included a rendering and a brief description as proof of its ability to build big things in its bid to the BRA to replace the Winthrop Square garage downtown:

The 300 plus unit apartment and condominium project will have a significant impact on the gateway to the Fenway neighborhood, and includes substantial mitigation and improvements to the Boylston and Ipswich Street corridors, including major improvements to public open space, improvements to pedestrian safety and enhancing the blighted Ipswich Street corridor near Fenway Park.

H/t Bldup.

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I think this looks great.

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Agreed! Keep them coming!

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To me, that rendering looks like something out of a post-apocalyptic dystopia, with busted-out windows and corroded concrete. It's even leaning a little. The actual building may wind up being very attractive, but the picture isn't showing it.

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I agree it looks great and it is exactly what a city that desperately needs additional housing should be building. Unfortunately, some unelected neighborhood group will kill it.

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Have you been by upper Boylston Street lately? The Fenway neighborhood groups have been cooperative and supportive of the massive development that's taken place there. It's a totally different streetscape than it was 10+ years ago.

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It appears the developers haven't read it or think the BRA will throw the rule book for them.

Anyone want to take bets the land gets designated "blighted" for some sweet taxpayer funded subsidies?

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The building there now is garbage. Do it.

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The hideous highway one of the most reviled roads in Boston. It seemed like there were a number of plans floated to demolish it once and for all, but they're still patching it up bit-by-bit.

I can't remember a time when they haven't been working on it in one way or another, but because they only repair parts of it at a time, it never gets finished. While the overpass continues to crumble and impede traffic, it remains an unsightly blighted gateway to the area. The Charlesgate/Fenway area would be a better place without the Hillary Bowker overpass.

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There's always been one, even back in Olmsted's day. It would be hard to get between Kenmore and Fenway, even on foot, without one.

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          ... but no bridges over Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street.

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But there always needs to be an overpass at the particular place where this building is proposed.

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What are you, a commie?

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They completely rebuilt that overpass. It appears to be almost done (though it is taking forever)

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If it was really falling apart, this would have been an excellent opportunity to take it down permanently (except for the part over the Pike and railroad). It is not needed for access to Storrow Drive, as there are ramps to and from Charlesgate in both directions.

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Sounds expensive for a condo next to the Amtrak like, the highway bikers, and the Fenway drumming buskers. Then again, some people in the neighborhood already claim it's smart to have a view towards the floodlights of Fenway Park. Who needs sleep before midnight?

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n/t

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but it is the commuter rail, not Amtrak, so many fewer trains.

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Trains to Albany and beyond to Chicago. But only once a day in either direction. I used to ride it fairly regularly. Pleasant but slow, and always abysmally late. A three am entry into Cleveland also ain't fun, but the price to Pittsfield beats the bus.

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The design looks like an ultra luxe tower from Dubai... very ostentatious, especially for that area. How about building a high-rise for working middle class people instead of a showpiece for trustfund college kids and foreign investors.

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Are you suggesting that an effective way to build affordable housing would be to make all new buildings ugly?

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Are you suggesting that good design equals luxury only?

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