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Near Fenway Park, a foul wind blows at construction site

The Red Sox may be looking up this year, but the area around Fenway Park sure stinks.

A foul smell is permeating the air near the park, more akin to rotten eggs than Fenway franks. Along Boylston Street in the West Fens, residents, employees, and passersby are complaining about the sulfurous odor emanating from a construction site at 1325 Boylston St.

“The smell coming from the new construction site next to Fenway is unbearable. People, you have been warned,” tweeted Naomi Ricci.

Larry Green, director of construction for the developer Samuels & Associates, said the smell emanates from excavation work on a lot between Boylston and Van Ness. Green said that as crews excavate, they hit pockets of organic material that contain sulfur that release the odor.


The smell can last a few hours after a pocket is hit, Green said, but they are working to mitigate the smell by spraying an odor-eliminating material.

He also said they are also carefully monitoring levels of materials that cause the odors.

While smelly, they do not pose any health risk at these levels, Green said.

Samuels & Associates is constructing a $250 million mixed-use building. It will be anchored by a Target store.

The smells will end once crews reach clay where there is no organic material, Green said. But that apparently can’t come soon enough for Jen Atamian, who tweeted, “The smell of sulfur is forever stuck in my nose now.”

Johanna Kaiser