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Advisers call lease deal at Fenway ‘irresponsible’

The Boston Finance Commission wants Mayor Thomas M. Menino to block a vote scheduled for Thursday on a $7.3 million deal between the Red Sox and the city for use of two public streets near Fenway Park, saying the agreement has been not sufficiently vetted and “will shackle generations of Bostonians to an agreement that over time will prove to be financially irresponsible.”

In a letter to Menino, the commission’s executive director, Matthew A. Cahill, objected to terms granting the Red Sox air rights over Lansdowne Street — behind the ballpark’s famed left-field wall — and permission to close a 17,000-square-foot strip of Yawkey Way for gameday concession sales for as long as the baseball team plays at Fenway. Under a plan detailed last Friday, the club would pay about $734,000 in each of the next 10 seasons — four times what the city has charged over the last 11 years. After that, payments would cease.

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