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Developer offers a vision to get Kenmore Square moving

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Kenmore Square may never be the same.

A developer is proposing to build a major hotel and plaza in the heart of the square that would dramatically change the way vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles move through the congested intersection.

Robert Korff, who owns the Citizens Bank building at the junction of Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street, unveiled the bold plan Tuesday night at a community meeting.

Drawings show a flatiron-shaped tower — designed by prominent Chicago architecture firm Studio Gang — soaring nearly 300 feet above the square, with a spacious plaza at its base that replaces what is now largely asphalt. Most significantly, Korff wants to cut a new street behind the hotel that would connect Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street and allow much of the traffic that now passes through the five-way intersection to be diverted around it.

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