More details have emerged concerning plans to transform the area surrounding Fenway Park, home of Major League Baseball franchise the Boston Red Sox.
In October, Fenway Sports Group Real Estate (FSGRE), a division of Red Sox ownership group Fenway Sports Group, partnered with WS Development to build up the area around the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball.
It was reported at the time that the plans centred on a five-acre project that will include office space, apartment buildings, retail stores and green space. The Red Sox have now filed proposals to the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), with the Boston Globe newspaper reporting that a total of 2.1 million square feet of space will be developed if the plans are approved.
The Red Sox and development partners will look to work with locals before finalising plans for the project. The proposed site on which the project would be built is owned by FSGRE and the D’Angelo family, which owns sportswear company ’47 Brand.
“This is the first small step on a journey to transform the public experience around the ballpark,” Yanni Tsipis, who is leading the project for WS Development, told the Globe. “We look forward to working with our Fenway neighbours to create something beautiful that embraces its historic context and is welcoming to all.”
The planned retail, residential and office spaces would face Jersey and Lansdowne streets and would result in the permanent closure of Jersey Street.
WS Development oversaw the Seaport Square project in Boston. In its letter of intent to the BPDA, WS Development said the Fenway Park project would “envelop and embrace” the stadium with “welcoming, people-first places and buildings”.
In August 2019, FSG was granted approval to build a new concert venue next to Fenway Park. FSG is working with Live Nation to deliver the venue, which will be called Fenway Theater.
Fenway Park first opened in 1912 and has undergone a number of renovations over the years. It has a current capacity of around 37,000.