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Key vote on Fenway project delayed

The state Transportation Department unexpectedly postponed a vote on a key lease agreement for the planned Fenway Center on Wednesday, sidetracking the $500 million megaproject that would turn cracked parking lots into a 1.3 million-square-foot mixed-use development.

Governor Deval Patrick’s administration had worked closely with the developer, John Rosenthal, for months to broker a $226 million, 99-year lease of 4.5 acres of state-owned land and air rights. Still, the agreement required the approval of the Transportation Department directors, which had been widely anticipated at a regularly scheduled board meeting.

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