The Boston Redevelopment Authority has approved plans to build another batch of high-rise luxury apartments and this time they’ll be in an extremely tall building footnoted by retail shops and the city’s first Wegmans supermarket-grocery store megaplex. Once built, Fenway Park green monsters will sit in its shade. Well, maybe not. There have been megabytes of studies and design plans put forth by project developers so probably the monsters will be alright. And while this is going on, a separate ambitious development is going up adjacent to the Mass I-90 Turnpike that runs past Fenway Park.
All day long you can watch hundreds of college students making up the regular, daily foot traffic in the area. They move to and from the Boston University Commonwealth Ave Kenmore area and their bucolic campuses at Wheelock, Emmanuel and Simmons colleges. One of the most popular stores in the zone right now is the discount Marshall’s factory outlet. Incoming high-rise dwellers will have plenty to do but they won’t be able to look out their window and see the Red Sox play ball without buying a ticket. More fashion stores and pricey boutique shops are coming to the area. Restaurant choices will expand. Brookline Avenue anchors the block an its already changing. Home selling prices continue their upward trend in Boston as more high rise homes attract cash buyers from China.