Verdi's Messa da Requiem on Monday, November 19, at 8 p.m., at Symphony Hall, presented by the Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus
Week of  9 November 2001 · Vol. V, No. 13


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Kenmore revival: Boston University President Jon Westling greets Mayor Thomas Menino at a topping-off ceremony for the new Hotel Commonwealth in Kenmore Square on November 2. The six-story luxury hotel at 500 Commonwealth Ave., developed by Great Bay Holdings with Boston University as a limited partner, is scheduled to open in September 2002. Construction plans call for 150 European-style guest rooms and suites, seven function rooms, a French bistro, and several new shops fronting on the sidewalk. Developers say the project will create more than 200 jobs. "The Hotel Commonwealth is one of the hallmarks of the city's revitalization efforts in Kenmore Square," Menino said in his remarks at the ceremony. "It will help return this neighborhood to its original splendor." Kenmore Square was once home to some of the city's most stately hotels, which provided luxury guest rooms for visiting sports teams and celebrities.

Complementing the new hotel will be a state-funded project designed to make Kenmore Square safer for pedestrians and improve the flow of traffic. This initiative, which calls for a realignment of the Brookline Avenue intersection with Commonwealth Avenue, will also make aesthetic improvements to the area: at the T bus station, an arching transparent glass-and-steel canopy will replace the present brick-and-concrete bunker. Other enhancements include more than 80 tree plantings, brick sidewalks and promenades, and new streetlights of the same turn-of-the-century gaslight style as those adorning the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky


9 November 2001
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